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24-03-1981

Barbados police rescue kidnapped Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs

Originally a minor character in the 15-man gang, Ronnie Bigg’s efforts to escape justice made his name synonymous with the Great Train Robbery. And it’s not hard to see why, with surreal moments like this. A gang of ex-British soldiers kidnapped Biggs from a bar in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil had no extradition treaty with Britain) and they smuggled him to Barbados by yacht. It was while drifting on a boat that Barbados police found and rescued the criminal from the kidnappers... Read the full Great Train Robbery Crime File