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Justice done for Great Train Robbery victim

SOUTH Cheshire people are celebrating after the Home Secretary ruled Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs will die in jail.

SOUTH Cheshire people are celebrating after the Home Secretary ruled Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs will die in jail.

Family and friends of Jack Mills, the railman brutally beaten up by the robbers, say justice has finally been done.

They were outraged in May last year when Biggs, 71, returned to this country in the hope of being given a pardon after 35 years of living it up on the run in Brazil.

They accused Biggs of trying to win freedom with a sympathy vote because he was frail and had suffered strokes.

But the Home Secretary David Blunkett has now denied Biggs parole. He will continue to be held in the top-security Belmarsh Prison in London where he is currently in the medical wing.

Jack's son John, of Bray Close, Crewe, told the Chronicle: "Biggs came back to this country hoping to be let off. He tried to make people feel sorry for him because he is not in the best of health.

"The country saw through him and remembered the evil deed he was part of. Now he will have to do his stretch like other wrong-doers."

John and his family have endured years of the Great Train Robbery being glamorised on TV and in films while never being able to forget the brutality shown to Jack. He was bludgeoned over the head with an iron bar after refusing to drive the locomotive and help the gang get away with £2.6 million. It turned the fit rail worker into a broken man and he died six years later at the age of 64.

Biggs managed to break out of jail and live in the sunshine until giving himself up last May. He was brought back to Britain in a blaze of publicity by The Sun newspaper.

His solicitors hoped he could live out what remained of his life in comfort and his son Michael even went on ITV's Tonight With Trevor McDonald to try to get the public on their side.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Gwyneth Dunwoody was one of those supporting the Mills family. She said Biggs had been given the "luxury of growing old", unlike poor Jack.

John, aged 61, added: "To hear Michael Biggs try to play down what happened to my dad was hurtful. He managed to make a fortune out of his father's notoriety, telling his story to national papers.

"Now the only way he can see his father is in jail. Nothing will bring mine back but at least Biggs will not enjoy freedom ever again."


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