• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE MEN CONVICTED FOR TAKING PART IN BRITAIN'S GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY WAS SNATCHED FROM WINSON GREEN PRISON IN BIRMINGHAM TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WITH A PRECISION REMINISCENT OF THE ROBBERY ITSELF.

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    ONE OF THE MEN CONVICTED FOR TAKING PART IN BRITAIN'S GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY WAS SNATCHED FROM WINSON GREEN PRISON IN BIRMINGHAM TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WITH A PRECISION REMINISCENT OF THE ROBBERY ITSELF.

    THE MAN, CHARLES WILSON, A 32-YEAR-OLD BOOKMAKER, WAS SERVING A 30 YEAR SENTENCE. HE HAS SPOKEN BARELY A DOZEN WORDS SINCE ARREST AND IS BELIEVED BY SOME TO KNOW THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE 2,300,000 POUNDSWORTH OF BANKNOTES STILL MISSING.

    WILSON'S RESCUERS BROKE INTO THE PRISON AT 3.30 IN THE MORNING . AS SOON AS HIS ESCAPE WAS KNOWN A MASSIVE MANHUNT WAS LAUNCHED. ROADBLOCKS WERE SET UP ON EVERY ROUTE OUT OF BIRMINGHAM, POLICE WITH DOGS TRAVELLED ON TRAINS FROM THE CITY, AND A CLOSE WATCH WAS PUT ON PORTS AND AIRPORTS.

    THE PRISON-BREAK HAD ALL THE INGREDIENTS THAT MADE THE MAIL TRAIN ROBBERY THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY: METICULOUS IN ITS PLANNING, AUDACIOUS IN ITS EXECUTION.

    THE MAIL ROBBERY TOOK PLACE JUST OVER A YEAR AGO. IT WAS AUGUST 8TH WHEN THE NIGHT TRAIN FROM GLASGOW WAS WAYLAID IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE AND 2,500,000 POUNDS IN CASH STOLEN.

    ONLY 300,000 POUNDS HAVE SO FAR BEEN RECOVERED, AFTER EXTENSIVE ENQUIRIES POLICE EVENTUALLY HAD 12 MEN CONVICTED, WILSON AMONG THEM. THE EVIDENCE AGAINST HIM WAS THAT HIS FINGER PRINTS HAD BEEN FOUND AT LEATHERSLADE FARM -- THE GANG'S HIDEOUT -- BUT WILSON DENIED THAT HE WAS THERE.

    MASSIVE SECURITY PRECAUTIONS WERE TAKEN THROUGHOUT THE TRIAL OF THE 12 MEN AND AT ALL APPEAL HEARINGS -- THERE HAD BEEN MANY TIP-OFFS OF ESCAPE PLOTS. THE 12 MEN HAD SENTENCES TOTALLING 300 YEARS AND BECAUSE OF THE SECURITY RISK EACHHWAS SENT TO A SEPARATE PRISON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3AIFHSQ9Q1BQ1OP057FN6JL7A
    Media URN:
    VLVA3AIFHSQ9Q1BQ1OP057FN6JL7A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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