Bognor Regis’ link to a Great Train Robber

A BOOK details the link between Bognor Regis and one of the great train robbers.

The town was the base for Ronnie Biggs after he escaped from Wandsworth Prison in London after the infamous robbery.

Author Mike Gray said: “Train robber Ronnie Biggs escaped from Wandsworth in July 1965 and was smuggled to a secret hideaway in Bognor.

“He was kept in a secret house from July until October 1965 when he was then moved out of the UK across to Europe for plastic surgery.”

The fact is included in his new book, The Great Train Robbery Quiz Book (Apex Publishing).

This contains a host of little known facts about the so-called ‘Crime of the Century’ whose 50th anniversary occurred last August 8.

“The subject is proving as popular today as ever, with major television stations, BBC and ITV, investing millions in television drama adaptations,” he said.

His latest book co-incides with one of those dramas due to be screened by the BBC in two parts next month.

Mike’s previous book was a quiz book about Ronnie Biggs and was published in October to reflect his 30 year friendship with the robber.

“The in-depth knowledge of the questions and answers lets the reader have a different view of the subject, which is so unusual from other publications,” he said.