Great Train Robber Biggs’ ashes to be scattered at scene of crime

View - Bridego Bridge - scene of The Great Train Robbery
View - Bridego Bridge - scene of The Great Train Robbery

A third of the ashes of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs will be scattered at the scene of the crime in Aylesbury Vale, his son has said.

Michael Biggs, 39, said it was his father’s wish to have some of his ashes spread at Bridego Bridge near Cheddington, where he was one of 17 criminals who stopped an overnight mail train from Glasgow to London in August 1963.

Ronnie Biggs, pictured in 1965

Ronnie Biggs, pictured in 1965

Aylesbury MP David Lidington described the move as ‘inappropriate’.

Mr Lidington said: “I hesitate to say much because there is a real family that is grieving.

“Having said that, it strikes me as inappropriate.

“Not only was it a very serious crime but there was a train driver who was beaten up and did not live for many years afterwards.”

Biggs is most notorious for escaping from Wandsworth Prison, two years after being jailed, and living most of his life in Brazil.

Another third of his ashes will go to his ex-wife Charmian, with the remainder being flown to Brazil, where they will be left under the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

Biggs died aged 84 at a care home in London last month.