Train robber Biggs launches parole bid

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Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs hopes to be released from prison after a Parole Board hearing detailing his serious health problems.

He is famous for his role in the 1963 heist known as 'The Great Train Robbery,' during which he and other gang members stole £2.6m from a mail train.

He escaped from prison in 1965 and spent many years living the high life in Brazil before turning himself in to British authorities in 2001.

The Parole Board is expected to make a recommendation to the justice secretary after a hearing today.

Biggs has suffered several strokes and heart attacks and has skin cancer.

He cannot speak and is fed by a tube.

Son Michael Biggs says his father poses no threat to society and should be released.