Ronnie Biggs has been allowed to leave prison to be allowed to die at home as he is very ill.
If you are aware of my blogs, you may know that my father is just 80, having been born in August 1929.
My father missed the war by one year, serving his national service in the RAF from 1947.
He was (and is) an honest, hard working man who struggled with relatively low paid factory work all his life, despite being an extremely skilled sheet metal worker.
Ronnie Biggs was also born in August 1929. He started to serve his national service in the RAF in 1947.
Here ends any comparison.
Towards the end of his national service he was dishonorably discharged in 1949 for desertion serving less than two years.
In 1960 he married Charmian Brent, with whom he had three sons (one deceased).
Biggs is infamous for the Great Train Robbery of 1963.
Together with 14 other gang members, he stole £2.6 million from a mail train, brutally injuring the train driver and other train staff with metal bars
After being convicted and jailed, he escaped from HM Prison Wandsworth on 7 July 1965 by scaling the wall by rope ladder.
He fled to Paris, where he acquired new identity papers and underwent plastic surgery.
Biggs spent the next 30 years living in Brazil often giving TV interviews as he constantly stuck two fingers up at Britain.
When he did return to Britain in 2001, he still had 28 years of his sentence to serve.
Today, with 20 years still to serve he has been released 'on compassionate grounds' to end his days with his family.
Biggs has never shown remorse for his crime or the violence shown towards the train driver.