The best Great Train Robbery story ever

Andy McSmith

The Great Train Robbery still casts a kind of lurid fascination like no other robbery committed on British soil. Why it fascinates is a mystery: it as if the arrival of the Beatles gives a shine to any story about working class men getting very rich very quickly in 1963.  Now, almost 50 years on, Andrew Cook, author of The Great Train Robbery: The Untold Story From The Closed Investigation Files, has used the Freedom of Information Act to tease out the funniest great train robbery anecdote of all.

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August 1963: Police investigating the scene of the Great Train Robbery, Sears Crossing - Getty Images

Roger Cordrey took more care than most of the robbers to avoid getting caught, but unluckily for him, the police found some loot stashed in his car, and took him away to be questioned. When they came for him, his first thought was to avoid being caught with the car key, so he hid it in a place where he assumed the police would not look.

After a few hours in custody, he developed an acute pain, but could not retrieve the key. He started to panic, and confessed to the custody sergeant, who called a doctor. Cook has unearthed the doctor’s signed affidavit that “on the 15 August 1963 at 1.15 pm I removed a Yale type key from the rectum of Roger Cordrey…”

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