Canvas arrives just after death of Great Train thief

Paul Knox with his paintings.

Paul Knox with his paintings.

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An Alnwick artist has admitted he was gutted after a special canvas he produced of Great Train robber Ronnie Biggs and his son Michael arrived with the thief’s family the day after he died.

Paul Knox, of Clayport Gardens, sent the image after getting to know Ronnie. But it arrived shortly after the 84-year-old passed away on December 18.

Paul Knox's painting of Ronnie Biggs and Mike

Paul Knox's painting of Ronnie Biggs and Mike

“I was gutted that Ronnie never got to see the canvas, but Michael has got children so he can show them it,” said Paul.

It isn’t the first canvas that Paul has produced of Ronnie and Michael and Paul has a photograph of Ronnie holding one of the images in his nursing home.

Paul said: “I got to know Ronnie and Michael last year after asking if Ronnie could sign a book to help raise cash for a young lad who has cerebral palsy.

“I began talking to Michael when he wasn’t in Brazil on business and sent a few canvasses down to Ronnie and Michael.”

Ronnie was part of the gang which escaped with £2.6million from the Glasgow to London mail train in 1963. He was sentenced to 30 years, but escaped from Wandsworth prison in 1965. In 2001, he returned to the UK seeking medical help but was sent to prison. He was released on compassionate grounds in 2009 after contracting pneumonia.

Paul has previously done a canvas for Charles Bronson, which was signed by Gazza.