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