The day of the Great Train Robbery – level 3

08-08-1963

On August 8, 1963, a train went from Glasgow to London, England. The train carried post or mail and also £2.6 million. At the same time, a gang of 16 men was preparing to rob the train. They prepared a very sophisticated plan.

When the train was going through the fields, they used a false red signal light and made the train stop. Then, they attacked the train. They didn’t kill anybody, but they made the train driver take the train to the nearest bridge. They put 128 sacks full of the money in a car that was waiting under the bridge.

After the robbery, the gang hid at a nearby farm. The police started to search every house around the place of the robbery. When the police found the farm, the robbers had already left. However, they left their fingerprints there. Now, the police knew who they were as many of them had been arrested before.

The robbers tried to hide in a different place. However, the police found them all. The leaders were sentenced to 30 years in jail.

Difficult words: rob (to steal money from a place or a person), sophisticated (very good and clever), fingerprint (a mark made by your finger), sentence (to send to prison), jail (a prison).

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