Friday, 29 January 2016

The 86-year-old was part of a gang that stole £2.6m from a Royal Mail train travelling from Glasgow to London in 1963.
14:09, UK, Friday 29 January 2016

Great Train Robbery anniversary
Gordon Goody, one of the gang that carried out the Great Train Robbery, has died in southern Spain.
The 86-year-old ran a beach bar in the town of Mojacar after serving time for the 1963 heist - one of the most famous in British criminal history.
He died at his home on Friday morning, surrounded by friends, a statement from Mojacar's town hall said.
Douglas Gordon Goody
It paid a glowing tribute to him and did not specify the cause of death.
"All who knew him were struck by his friendliness, his love for his friends and family and the many pets he rescued from the street," the statement said.
"He was a complete gentleman, far removed from the image that those who didn't know him might have had from those difficult years that marked a large part of his life.
"We will always remember his smile and his big heart that was always open to those around him."
Goody, one of the last surviving members of the gang, was sentenced to 30 years for his part in stealing £2.6m from a Royal Mail train travelling from Glasgow to London.
The former hairdresser was released in 1975 and set up a beach bar four years later in Spain.
The gang, masterminded by Bruce Reynolds, stopped the overnight train as it passed through the Buckinghamshire countryside near Cheddington.
It was driven over a mile to Bridego Bridge, where the robbers unloaded £2,631,684 in used notes - worth around £46m in today's money.
The train driver, Jack Mills, was struck with an iron bar and died a few years later.
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Twelve members of the gang were jailed for a total of more than 300 years.
More than one broke out of prison, including Ronnie Biggs, who spent over 30 years on the run before he finally returned to Britain in 2001 to face arrest.
Reynolds returned in 1968, and was arrested in Torquay and jailed for 25 years.
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