The Great Train Robbery
Picture: The most famous of all the train robbers was Ronnie Biggs. He escaped from Wandsworth Prison in 1965 after serving just 15 months of his sentence and made his way to Brazil via Spain and Australia (BBC)
It was the biggest robbery of all time. In the middle of a warm August night in the south of England, 15 men stole £2,600,000 in used banknotes from a train. This was in 1963; in 2009 the money would be worth £40,000,000, or about 400,000,000 Norwegian kroner!
Soon after the robbery, the police received information from the underworld and went to the farmhouse. There they found enough clues to identify the robbers, who, by the way, had been playing Monopoly with real money after they robbed the train. Thirteen of them went to jail, but two of them escaped. One of them, Ronnie Biggs, spent years in Brazil, but he needed medical treatment and missed England so much that he returned in 2001. Yes, there’s no place like home.
Work in pairs and find the wrong pieces of information in the text below. How many can you find?
It was a cold morning in eastern England when 13 men stole $40,000,000 in new notes from a train. They stopped the train by waving a red lamp at it. They then drove back to the holiday cabin they had bought. The police caught them all and six of them went to prison. Three of the robbers escaped later and went to Brazil, but one of them, Ronnie Biggs, did not like Brazilian food and came back to England in 2005.