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Truck's major role in crime of century.

THIS ex-army truck might look like a battered old wreck.

But it played a major role in the crime of the 20thcentury.

The truck was used in the Great Train Robbery -40 years ago today.

It's now been taken 200 miles from the Vale of Clwyd,back to near the scene of the infamous raid.

Beneath its floor a special compartment was built for the loot of pounds 2.5m-worth around pounds 40m today.

The truck, withother memorabilia, is taking part in an event at Oakley,Bucks, to mark the anniversary.

The Austin Loadstar truck is normally an exhibit at a 50s and 60s museum at Denbigh, where there are also photographs,old newspapers and other souvenirs of one of the most audacious robberies ever carried out.

Sparrow Harrison, 64,honorary trustee of the Cae Dai museum, said the truck,once in a scrap yard in Yorkshire,had been taken to Oakley on a low loader and will be brought back to Denbigh later this month.

Mr Harrison said: ``They're hoping that the police and even some of the villains may be there for the event. Apparently it's to raise cash for a new roof for the village hall. When they asked us to borrow the lorry we were happy to oblige.''

The Great Train Robbery was masterminded by thief Bruce Reynolds, who assembled at least 15 hardened criminals for the job.


Sparrow Harrison with the truck that was used in the Great Train Robbery 40 years ago today
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 8, 2003
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