Biggs parole bid for 80th birthday

PUBLISHED: 10:52 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:38 25 August 2010

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GREAT train robber Ronnie Biggs remains in prison this week uncertain of whether he will be paroled this summer.

GREAT train robber Ronnie Biggs remains in prison this week uncertain of whether he will be paroled this summer.

The 79-year-old, who was married behind bars in 2002 at Belmarsh Prison, Thamesmead, would need to be moved into 24-hour NHS care if released, but no nursing home has been found.

The inmate hopes to be released in time for his 80th birthday on August 8, which is also the 46th anniversary of his £2.5 million heist, today worth £40 million.

Biggs' legal advisor, Giovanni di Stefano, said: "For parole to be granted, Mr Biggs has to have an address where he can reside. In his case he requires 24-hour medical nursing care. The decision as to who pays for his care has yet to be decided."

Having notoriously robbed a Glasgow to London mail train in 1964, Biggs was served a 30-year jail sentence but escaped from Wandsworth prison the next year by scaling a 30ft wall. After living on the run for some 36 years, largely in Brazil where he fathered a child, Biggs chose to return to the UK in 2001 without the money but requiring NHS care.

The following year he was married at Belmarsh Maximum Security Prison. But having served just 10 years in jail and currently held at Norwich Prison hospital wing, it is reported that Biggs can not speak and can barely walk unaided.

His health is now reported in such severe decline after suffering a series of strokes, that parole was expected to be recommended last Thursday.

Ultimately, it is Justice Secretary Jack Straw who holds the decision on Biggs' early release.

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