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Friday, 11 August, 2000, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Kray has intestinal cancer
Roberta and Reggie Kray
Roberta and Reggie Kray at brother Charlie's funeral
Surgeons have revealed that gangland killer Reggie Kray has intestinal cancer.

The 67-year-old gangster learned the news after a malignant secondary tumour was removed from his small intestine.

Kray, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Jack "The Hat" McVitie in London in 1969, will undergo further scans to determine the source.


What is the purpose of keeping him in any longer - I feel after 32 years in prison he has suffered enough

Roberta Kray
He will also apply to the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, for compassionate parole.

Kray underwent a four-hour operation at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital on 3 August after being escorted from Wayland Prison in Norfolk.

His wife, Roberta, 41, said the cancer diagnosis was a shock.

"We have received the results from Reg's tests and are sad to report that cancer has been confirmed," she said.

"The obstruction removed from the small intestine is a secondary growth, and we are awaiting further scans to determine the source.

Bid for parole

"Reg's solicitor Trevor Linn will be applying for compassionate parole on his behalf to the Home Secretary.

"Reg has now served over 32 years in prison. In the light of this, and of the severity of his illness, we are hoping he will be granted his long-awaited freedom.

"What is the purpose of keeping him in any longer? I feel after 32 years in prison he has suffered enough.

"For someone who has served that length of time and undergone a serious operation I can't see what purpose is served by keeping him inside.

"He is not a danger to the public and will not reoffend.

"If they (the parole board) were to turn him down it would have a detrimental effect on his health."

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