The son of one of the UK's most infamous criminals has spoken out about his luxury life on the run.
Nick Reynolds is the son of Bruce Reynolds, who became one of the world's most wanted men after he masterminded the Great Train Robbery which saw him and his posse swipe an eye-watering £2.6million – worth about £50million in today’s money.
Nick, now 61, was just 18 months old when the robbery took place and spent five years of his childhood moving from country to country as his dad dodged the law.
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He told the Mirror the experience was like a "long holiday" and that he assumed his dad was a spy rather than a crook.
"I had loads of different identities and my dad had loads of different passports," he recalled. "I had different names, there were five I can remember. I’ve got images of him diving in scuba gear through glass-bottomed boats – it was all very James Bond."
Nick recalled spending time in Mexico in his early youth and said his family's life there was "extremely privileged".
His dad would whisk his mum off to Las Vegas for steak dinners and to sit in the front row at Frank Sinatra concerts.
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Once they were done with Mexico they relocated to Canada, then France, and then returned to Britain.
"I never picked up any vibes of stress or panic. But now I realise he was looking over his shoulder and was on high alert for any indication his identity might have been tumbled," Nick added.
The family was at a hideout in Torquay, Devon, in 1968 when Bruce was finally ensnared by Deputy Chief Superintendent Tommy Butler.
Nick said he opened the door one day as about 30 policemen barged into his home and arrested his dad.
A year later in 1969, Bruce was sentenced to 25 years behind bars – but he was released after 10.
Nick said his dad was treated "like a superstar" in prison and said he travelled all over the country visiting his jailed parent.
He even remembered his dad would write him letters from his cell to maintain their "amazing bond".
"We were so close because I had seen more of him in those years on the run than most kids get to spend with their dad up to their teens," Nick recalled.
"I had a great relationship with my dad. He made a superhuman effort to maintain that relationship through these letters. That bond remained right up until he died."
Bruce, from Putney in South London, died in his sleep in 2013 at the age of 81.
Now, on the 60-year anniversary of his dad's heist, musician Nick's band Alabama 3 is releasing a new cover of Nigel Denver's song Have You Seen Bruce Richard Reynolds.
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