Great train robber Ronnie Biggs, who was evacuated to Delabole in World War Two, dies aged 84
Great train robber Ronnie Biggs, who was evacuated to Delabole during World War Two, has died this morning.
The 84-year-old spent much of his life on the run after taking part in the infamous robbery of 1963, which netted the 15-strong gang £2.5 million, the equivalent of more than £40 million in today's money.
After being sentenced to a long jail term, Biggs mounted a daring escape from Wormwood Scrubs and fled to Spain and then Brazil to avoid extradition.
He returned to the UK in 2001 and was immediately sent to prison, where he remained until his release in 2009 on cpmpassionate grounds.
He is still remembered by a few people in Delabole as a schoolboy evacuated from London during the war.
He stayed in the village until 1942, and spoke of his desire to walk down a Cornish lane one final time during his last days on the run.