I see Ronnie Biggs has been released from prison on compassionate grounds by Jack Straw, although doctors have said there is not much hope as he is severely ill with pneumonia.
It would seem that Ronnie Biggs's wish to "walk into a Margate pub as an Englishman and buy a pint of bitter", will be unlikely.
Kevin Crace owner of the Westgate Pavilion a friend of Ronald Biggs who helped arrange his return to Britain was quoted earlier in the year by thisiskent website as saying "Ronnie was stationed in Margate during the war and that’s one of the reasons he wants to come back down. He is now an old man and just wants to live the remainder of his life in peace with his son. He is very keen to get down to Margate as soon as he is released."
I'm not attempting to mitigate the seriousness of Ronald Biggs crime but it does seem to have been cruel to have kept in prison despite his poor condition, I hope he recovers and hope he gets to have that pint. I’m sure there are far worse criminals than him who have serve considerably less time.