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29/01/2016 10:43 GMT | Updated 29/01/2016 10:59 GMT

Gordon Goody, One Of The Last Surviving Members Of The Great Train Robbery, Dies Aged 86

One of the last surviving members of the Great Train Robbery, Gordon Goody, has died at the age of 86.

Goody, who was jailed for 30 years for his part in the robbery, died in the south of Spain, where he ran a bar in the town in Majacar.

The town hall released a statement saying he passed away on Friday morning surrounded by friends. The cause of his death was not revealed.

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Gordon Goody has passed away at the age of 86

The Mojacar town hall statement said Goody died at 6am, and paid a glowing tribute to him, according to The Local, an English-language news website in Spain.

A spokesman said: "All who knew him were struck by his friendliness, his love for his friends and family and the many pets he rescued from the street.

"He was a complete gentleman, far removed from the image that those who didn't know him might have had from those difficult years that marked a large part of his life. 

"We will always remember his smile and his big heart that was always open to those around him."

On August 8, 1963, a gang that included Goody and the infamous Ronnie Biggs, stopped the Glasgow-Euston overnight mail train as it passed through the Buckinghamshire countryside.

The train was driven more than a mile away and the gang unloaded £2,631,684 in used notes - worth around £46 million today.

They were later captured and 12 were jailed for a total of more than 300 years.

Train driver Jack Mills was hit over the head and handcuffed during the robbery. He died in 1970.

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Goody, who was a hairdresser before the heist, was released from jail in 1975. He set up his Spanish bar four years later.

More than one of the gang members broke out of prison, including Biggs, who spent over 30 years on the run before he finally returned to Britain in 2001 to face arrest.

The mastermind behind the robbery, Bruce Reynolds, returned to the UK five years after the crime, in 1968. He was captured in Torquay and jailed for 25 years.