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    Ronald (Buster) Edwards was one of Britain's "Great Train Robbers". Police say he received 150,000?

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    MV ZOOM IN TO CU Ronald Edwards at flower stall

    CU Flowers on display PAN TO Edwards

    CU Edwards speaking

    GV (SAME SHOT) Edwards turns and tends stall


    VAN HOUTS: "How long have you been out of prison?"

    (SEQ 4): EDWARDS: "I've been out a month and I've been on here two weeks."

    VAN HOUTS: "How much do you earn a week now?"

    EDWARDS: "Well, I don't know yet. At the moment I'm losing money because I'm just building the business up. I lost money last week but this week I'll be earning a little bit but not very much."

    VAN HOUTS: "You've been nine years in prison, was it all worth while when you think about it?"

    EDWARDS: "Well, I think it might have been worth while for me because I had three years good living before I got captured, but of course for the others doing thirty years, they got it very hard. They go captured at the very beginning, they lost all their money. They've got nothing to come out to. They're still doing their bird. They done three years before me then they're on their thirteenth year."

    VAN HOUTS: "Do you intend to continue with your flower business now?"

    EDWARDS: "I shall certainly be here for a while, all the summer at least and perhaps carry on from there."

    Initials BB/2335 NC/DE/BB/2350

    This film includes an interview with Mr. Edwards by Visnews reporter Tine Van Houts.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Ronald (Buster) Edwards was one of Britain's "Great Train Robbers". Police say he received 150,000 pounds sterling (350,000 dollars) for his share of the more than 2,500,000 pound sterling (5,750 dollar) robbery of a mail train in 1964. He also got 15 years in jail when he gave himself up three years after the robbery.

    Nine years after entering the cells he is a free man again and has found a quieter and more colourful way to earn a living: selling flowers outside London's Waterloo Station.

    Mr. Edwards was released from Wormwood Scrubs prison a month ago on parole. He has had the flower stall for two weeks and believes he is just beginning to make money on it.

    None of the GBP50,000 pounds was ever recovered. Mr. Edwards says he spent it all in Germany and Mexico in the three years between the robbery and his detention.

    One other train robber -- James White -- was released at the same time as Mr. Edwards. The other members of the gang are still in prison. They were all given longer jail sentences and come before parole boards this summer.

    Ronald Biggs-- perhaps the most famous member of the gang following a daring daylight escape from a London jail in July 1965 -- is still at large in Brazil.

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