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Great Train heist mastermind dies.

THE mastermind of the Great Train Robbery of 1963, who was captured in Torquay, and described by friends as a "perfect gentleman" Bruce Reynolds has died aged 81 - just months before the 50th anniversary of the famous heist hailed as one of the most audacious crimes of the century.

Reynolds died in his sleep after a period of ill-health. He was the main man in the gang that made off with more than PS2.5 million - equivalent to PS40 million today - when they held up the Royal Mail travelling post office.

Antiques dealer Reynolds fled to Mexico and was joined by his wife, Angela, and son, Nick.

They moved on to Canada but the cash from the robbery ran out, he came back to England and in 1968 a broke Reynolds was captured in Torquay and sentenced to 25 years.

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