In light of the recent death of Great Train robber Ronnie Biggs, we look back at what The Herald billed the ‘daring’ hold up of the night mail flyer.
Two weeks after the raid the arrests began and it was revealed that down the road at Leatherslade Farm, Brill, police had found ‘enough provisions to feed a small army’ including 170 eggs, 33 tins of baked bins, 19 tins of pork luncheon meat, knives and forks for up to 16 people and even 34 toilet rolls.
Arrests continued and the trial began on January 20 1964. The committal took place in the Aylesbury Rural District Council Chamber in Walton Street because the Bucks Assizes building in Market Square was not big enough to accommodate the 20 accused along with 30 barristers and five rows of press seats. The story was reported around the world.
Wherever they were taken – whether to committal proceedings which took place at Linslade, or at their trial in Aylesbury – those charged tried to hide from the public and there was a always a heavy police guard.