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Great Train Robbers raise money for charity

The Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell held a Charity Dinner at the Whately Hall Hotel recently.
At first glance, one would have thought there were some notorious criminals at the tables, as among them were pictures of Ronnie Biggs, Bruce Reynolds and Buster Edwards, but moving up to the top tables any concerns were laid to rest as there were photos of ‘Slipper of the Yard’ and PC John Woolley.  In fact, the speaker was John Woolley, the first policeman on the scene at Leatherslade Farm - the Great Train Robbers’ hideout in 1963.  John recounted the events which led to his discovery of sacks of money at the farm and the eventual convictions of the notorious robbers.
The proceeds of the evening, amounting to £1,050, will be divided equally between Katharine House and Rotary Charities.