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Train robber Ronnie Biggs back in hospital

PUBLISHED: 14:55 28 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:07 06 July 2010

Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs has returned to hospital

Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs has returned to hospital

Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs has been re-admitted to hospital with severe pneumonia.

Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs has been re-admitted to hospital with severe pneumonia.

The 79-year-old inmate at Norwich Prison has been taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

It is the second time he has been taken to hospital in recent weeks after he was admitted last month with a serious chest infection and a fractured hip. He had returned to prison on July 17.

His son Michael Biggs said: “It's the worst he's ever been. The doctors have just told me to rush there.”

Earlier this month, Biggs was refused parole by Justice Secretary Jack Straw. A parole board recommended he be released but Mr Straw disagreed, saying he remained “wholly unrepentant” for his crimes.

Biggs, from Lambeth, south London, was a member of a 15-strong gang which attacked the Glasgow to London mail train as it passed through Buckinghamshire in August 1963 and made off with £2.6m in used banknotes.

He was given a 30-year sentence but after 15 months he escaped from Wandsworth prison in south west London by climbing a 30ft wall and fleeing in a furniture van.

He was on the run for more than 30 years, living in Spain, Australia and Brazil, before returning to the UK voluntarily in 2001.

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