Kidnapper of Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs Refused Entry To Barbados

In 1981, Biggs was kidnapped and smuggled into Barbados. The kidnappers hoped to collect some reward from the British police. The coup was discovered, though, and Biggs made use of legal loopholes to have himself sent back to Brazil. In February 2006, Channel 4 aired a documentary featuring dramatisations of the attempted kidnap and interviews with John Miller, an ex-British Army personnel who carried it out. The team was headed by security consultant Patrick King. In the documentary, King claims that the kidnapping may have in fact been a deniable operation… (from Wikipedia entry for Ronnie Biggs)

Freddie Prime Deported From Barbados For 1981 Kidnapping of Ronnie Biggs From Rio de Janeiro

Freddie Prime "Deniable Operation" by British Government

Freddie Prime - Biggs Kidnapping "Deniable Operation" by British Government

From the Evening Telegraph, UK

A DERBY grandfather said his dream Christmas holiday was ruined when he was refused entry to Barbados because of his involvement in the kidnap of Ronnie Biggs.

After flying eight hours from the UK, Freddie Prime spent only two-and-a-half hours at the Caribbean island’s Grantley Adams Airport before he was sent back on the same plane on which he had arrived.

In the 1980s, Mr Prime, 70, was one of five ex-soldiers who kidnapped Great Train Robber Biggs from where he was hiding in Brazil. The swoop was staged as a publicity stunt for the men’s security firm.

They took Biggs to Barbados, where they hoped he would be arrested and deported back to London.

But the Barbadian authorities sent back Biggs to Brazil.

Mr Prime claimed that, 27 years later, the authorities in Barbados have not forgiven him for the Biggs kidnap. He said: “It’s the only reason I can think of for what they did.” Immigration officials said, ‘You are going back on the next plane’ and that was that.”

read the original article: Holiday is ruined by Ronnie Biggs link

Barbados Free Press Comment…

Good for our Barbados Immigration. If they could only operate with such efficiency on an everyday basis with normal illegal immigrants!

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30 responses to “Kidnapper of Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs Refused Entry To Barbados

  1. Back in the 80’s I spotted Biggs’ bio at a Queen’s College fair when it was still where Dame Elsie Payne Complex is now…

    Got it for 25 cents…

    I look in the book and there’s his autograph with a wry comment – “Here’s to Justice, Ronnie Biggs, Barbados 1982

    Still have it too!

  2. Stressed Out

    Was this Prime’s 1st return to BB? Hilarious…

  3. Anon

    I don’t get it.
    So how come they allow so many Guyanese into Barbados.

  4. Stressed Out

    Yes, they cannot manage to deport the Guyanese burglar that broke into my house while I was sleeping…

    Immigration needs to get it together!!!

  5. PiedPiper

    I can not believe the silly old fart did not check his status with the Barbados Consulate in London before just taking off into the wild blue yonder.

  6. Tony Hall

    Back in 1981 Mr. Prime was deemed “personna non grata” but he thinks that the island people are stupid. He obviously believed that records are not kept so years later he would boldly “slip” into the island.

  7. ru4real

    What a totally stupid thing to do.
    It was Biggs that was the criminal not Prime.
    Biggs should have been caught then and there .
    An innocent man, the train driver died from injuries received in that robbery

    I cannot believe that the authorities would do such a bone brained action.

    Prime was coming here on holiday to spend money in Barbados – he might even have proved a local attraction.

    Bunch of morons.

  8. Astrix

    Kidnap is a crime. Prime committed a criminal offence under Barbadian law and it is fitting that he be permanently barred.

  9. Veggieman

    What a mess. Had someone kidnapped Winston Hall and brought him to Barbados, would that person be banned also.

  10. Tony Hall

    No Veggieman. There was a warrant of arrest for Winston Hall. Different scenario.

  11. Tony Hall

    In Barbados

  12. ru4real

    Astrix
    January 8, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Kidnap is a crime. Prime committed a criminal offence under Barbadian law and it is fitting that he be permanently barred.
    ———————
    So is hitting a man ( the train driver) on the head with an iron cosh leaving him incapacitated for the rest of what remained of his life and his family devastated
    Biggs did not wield the cosh but was part of the gang that did.

    Makes you proud dont it.

  13. littleboy

    No kidnappers no KNOWN criminals should be allowed in ANY country.

    Biggs won a court case that is why he was sent back to Brazil.

    Immigration did nothing wrong,

  14. ru4real

    Back in 1981 Mr. Prime was deemed “personna non grata” but he thinks that the island people are stupid. He obviously believed that records are not kept so years later he would boldly “slip” into the island.
    ————————————————-

    Biggs was a ‘known’ criminal ‘ on the run from the UK authorities in Brazil.
    If Barbados had a wanted ‘criminal’ in the UK would they like it if the UK government let him go free?
    Mr Prime is not a criminal at all.
    Barring him an elderly gentleman , a much needed tourist from Barbados on a technicality is just
    plain STUPID!

  15. The Scout

    Thank God, for all the bad , stupid acts by the immigation dept, at least they got this one RIGHT. It’s not just the money this country wants, it also wants persons with integrity 9n this country. Mr Prime, though old,is still capable of lots of damage. He is STILL ” pesonna non grata.”

  16. ru4real

    Like what damage?
    Catching another criminal?
    At 70 he will be a bit past it even though the police need the help- then maybe they will stop helping people off cliffs.

  17. ru4real

    I presume this topic is a wind up 😉

  18. ru4real

    Thank God, for all the bad , stupid acts by the immigation dept, at least they got this one RIGHT. It’s not just the money this country wants, it also wants persons with integrity 9n this country.
    ————————
    Ok You ARE just taking the P**** 🙂

  19. Veggieman

    Even some that are turned down to hang are given a second chance,but we can share our views on the matter.

  20. ‘retired army’, kidnapping whomever…is this modus operandi not the trademark of a mercenary?

    Maybe that is why he was refused entry, retired or not.

    Barbados has clearly, over the years, rejected mercenaries and any armed conflict from its shores.

    Was a born and bred Barbadian, Sidney Burnett Alleyne, not also refused entry, for whatever reason?

    Although I do not know the reason in the second case, if a Barbadian is refused entry, why do you think the authorities would make exception for a foreign national with a previous history?

  21. 463

    because barbados and bajan law are ass —- sidney burnett was one of our own which is he should have been aloud back into barbados,why cannot their deport the indians, chinese, japenese,other islands monkeys and two big buddies

  22. 463

    sorry two big bobbies

  23. Veggieman

    Anonymous ,
    What are you trying to say ?

  24. Jay

    @Veggieman,probably to watch the movie “Lost in Translation”,lol.I

    am not sure about “Sidney Burnett Alleyne” but IF he was a Barbados citizen he couldn’t have been rejected no matter what any Immigration officer or Minister says,unless he gave up his citizenship or it was revoked due to his past acts.

    On this particular story,I am glad he was refused entry.I am not sure anyone has recognized but the UK is currently doing the exact same thing,why can’t Barbados ?

    Barbados also needs to deport all those who are illegally in the country no matter the cost & Caricom national or not.

  25. ru4real

    On this particular story,I am glad he was refused entry.I am not sure anyone has recognized but the UK is currently doing the exact same thing,why can’t Barbados ?
    ——————————–
    The UK aint refusing tourists .
    Dont you get it this was a tourist man , 70 years coming to spend his tourist dollars in Bim.
    He wasnt a criminal he caught a criminal .
    But bimbos lest pat ourselves on the back and think we be smart – no aint getting nothin over us bright sparks .

  26. Avatar Gurl

    @ ru4real

    Yeah, well…

    When the authorities take extreme measures to catch criminals, there is always a thin line they are walking on…eventually they’re put into the same boat as the criminals themselves if they go too far!

    That is why I am a big fan of situational ethics…each variable involved in a scenario changes what is to be done or how it is to be handled…nothing is pure black & white.

    There are four sides to every story…my side, your side, the truth, & the judgment!

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  28. jon w

    The only reason for the kidnap team was for the reward and security companys profile boost. As far as im concerned Freddie Prime and his team were not doing anything wrong, just taking the initiative. Stopping Freddie going in to the country was to be honest a bit outdated. Hes no threat to anyone. I know this for a fact as i was very good friends with Mark Ald**** who told me the ins and outs. Freddie sounded like a very likable bloke. Freddie, if you read this, fair play for giving it a go!!!

  29. J. Payne

    @Jay here’s a US military link (or archive) of the Interview by Sidney Burnett Alleyne on his attempt to overthrow the Barbados government and turn it back into a slave colony.

    * Staff Writer (1984-04-02) “Interview with former arms dealer, Mercenary Leader” (in English) Barbados Nation Newspaper (February 13, 1984) US Military Intelligence – Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) pp. Pgs. 20-24 — http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA352017&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf

    * http://archive.nationnews.com/archive_detail.php?archiveFile=2006/October/04/Politics/26973.xml&start=140&numPer=20&sectionSearch=&begindate=1%2F1%2F1994&enddate=12%2F31%2F2009&authorSearch=&IncludeStories=1&pubsection=&page=&IncludePages=1&IncludeImages=1&mode=allwords&archive_pubname=Daily+Nation%09%09%09

  30. Fairplay

    Would Ronnie Biggs be allowed into Barbados?
    Brazil lacking any National Health Service when old and ill Biggs decided that Blighty was the place for him after all.
    Having escaped justice hes now fleecing the British for a second time around but sure he would prefer Barbados.