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Sunday, 19 March, 2000, 02:45 GMT
Prison switch for Reggie Kray
Charlie Kray
Charlie Kray: In hospital after chest pains
Reggie Kray has been transferred to Parkhurst prison on the Isle of Wight so he can visit his brother Charlie in hospital.

The legendary gangster, whose twin brother Ronnie died five years ago, was moved to Parkhurst from Wayland Prison in Norfolk.

He will be taken to see his Charlie, 73, an inmate at Parkhurst who is under guard in hospital after suffering chest pains.

Prison service spokesman John Church said: "Charlie was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Newport after saying he felt unwell.

Reggie Kray
Reggie Kray: Has not seen brother for five years
"He was complaining of chest pains but was conscious all the time. He has been waiting to undergo various tests."

Mr Church said it was not known how long Charlie Kray would remain in hospital.

"That will depend on Charlie's condition," he said.

"He has a bed watch of prison officers."

Charlie Kray is serving 12 years for his part in a drugs plot. Reggie was given a 30-year sentence for the murder of Jack "The Hat" McVitie in 1969.

The two men have not seen each other since since they attended their brother Ronnie's funeral five years ago.

He died of a heart attack in Broadmoor top security hospital.

Reggie Kray's friends have been campaigning for his release for several years.

He was transferred several years ago to the Norfolk prison.

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