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Thursday, 31 August, 2000, 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
'Fairly comfortable' night for Kray
Wife Roberta and Reggie Kray
Reggie Kray with 41-year-old wife Roberta
Gangland killer Reggie Kray is said to have spent a "fairly comfortable" night in hospital.

The 66-year-old, who was jailed for life in 1969 for the murder of Jack "The Hat" McVitie, is being treated for inoperable cancer of the bladder at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

Reggie Kray, whose 41-year-old wife, Roberta, is at his bedside, was released from prison by Home Secretary Jack Straw on Saturday on compassionate grounds.

Reggie Kray
Reggie Kray: Too ill to leave hospital
Kray was moved to hospital from Wayland Prison, near Watton, Norfolk, three weeks ago when his condition worsened.

His lawyers have said he has "days rather than weeks" to live.

But his solicitor, Trevor Linn, who said his client was "overjoyed" by his release, said Mr Kray was expected to remain in hospital for at least the next week because he was not well enough to leave.

Inoperable condition

Reports that Mr Kray underwent an operation to extend his life by having his kidney drained have been denied by his family.

Managers at the hospital have set up a dedicated phone line to cope with the influx of calls from well-wishers after the main switchboard became jammed.

Reggie Kray has been allowed out of jail just three time in the past 32 years, to attend the funerals of his two brothers and his mother.

His twin brother, Ronnie, died in 1995 from a heart attack.

Ronnie was also serving a life sentence after being convicted in 1969 of the murder of George Cornell in east London.

The twins' elder brother Charlie died in April, aged 73.

The author of the book The Krays' Lieutenant, Martin Short, said the brothers should be remembered for what they were, ruthless criminals.


The hospital number for well-wishers to ring is 01603 289900.

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