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Train Robber

The life and times of the UK’s most famous robber.

Is it right to put old people in prison? Is it right to keep prisoners in jail even though they are old and sick. This is a difficult question. Especially when it comes to someone like Ronnie Biggs.

Ronnie Biggs is one of England’s most notorious criminals. Biggs, an English gangster, was part of one of the most famous robberies in British history. In 1963, fifteen robbers hijacked the Post Office train travelling between Glasgow and London. £2,631,784 was stolen from the train and the driver was seriously assaulted. The equivalent of this in today’s money would be £40 million. Hardly any of the money was recovered. The robbery became known as the Great Train Robbery. Thirteen members of the gang were later caught after a tip-off. Their fingerprints were found on a Monopoly board. They had been playing the game with real money!

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The latest issue of Hot English (169 – the June issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: How Brit Pop can help you learn English – listen to 8 song extracts and really improve your knowledge of English. Plus, 8 useful adjectives, 6 useful verbs for talking about food and drink, 7 ways to make an invitation, 8 useful phrasal verbs, 8 idioms, 8 useful phrases for talking about crime... plus: • Psychology – road rage. • Animals – brave pets. • Crime – famous robbers. • Language – confusing words. • Food – the Hot English burger. • Art – environmental art. • Culture – witches. • Vocabulary – silly spelling. • Business – the music industry. • Film – Angelina Jolie. • Phone – booking an appointment. • Slang – learn some slang with our dictionary of slang. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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