'Great Train Robber' Ronnie Biggs laid to rest

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Associated Press

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 3 at 3:03 PM

LONDON (AP) — Defiant to the end, British train robber Ronnie Biggs has been laid to rest at a funeral complete with a Dixieland band, an honor guard of Hells Angels and a cheeky floral tribute.

A hearse carrying Biggs, who died last month aged 84, was escorted by 13 bikers to London's Golders Green Crematorium on Friday.

The hearse bore a white floral wreath in the shape of a rude two-fingered salute. The coffin was draped in the flags of Britain and Brazil.

Biggs was part of a gang that pulled off the 1963 "Great Train Robbery" of a cash-packed Glasgow-to-London mail train.

Biggs was jailed but escaped and made his way to Brazil, where he lived for more than 30 years before returning voluntarily to Britain, and prison, in 2001.

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