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Monday, 25 September, 2000, 21:05 GMT 22:05 UK
Frail Kray in honeymoon suite
Reggie and Roberto
Reggie Kray is ending his days with wife Roberta by his side
Dying former gangland leader Reggie Kray is spending his last days in a 40-a-night honeymoon suite with his wife, Roberta.

He is staying at the 18-room Beefeater Town House hotel near Norwich and the hotel manager confirmed that, while the couple have booked two rooms, Kray is occupying the honeymoon suite with a view of the river.

Gordon Graham said that the rooms were the subject of stringent security, but he added: "We have had no complaints from any other guests and this has caused us no problem at all. We are hardly noticing the pair".

Kray, who may have only weeks to live, was freed from prison on compassionate grounds last month. He was released from Norfolk and Norwich Hospital on Friday.

Kray's solicitor Mark Goldstein said on Sunday that Kray was too ill to make a public appearance.

It had been hoped that Kray might make a short media appearance at the hotel in Norwich where he is staying, but Mr Goldstein said he was "too frail".

"He's not fit to appear in public," he said, "his condition isn't yet good enough for him to be meeting friends. He's terminally ill. He's resting and he's eating very little."

Associates had hinted he might make his first public appearance in the grounds of The Town House at Thorpe St Andrew, but the assembled media were disappointed.

Norfolk and Norwich hospital
Kray was released from the Norfolk and Norwich hospital on Friday
Kray is hoping to spend his final days with his wife, Roberta, at the hotel. His room overlooks the River Wensum and friends have said he has not had a view of water since going to jail in 1969.

Interest in his life and crimes remains intense and Mr Goldstein said Kray's autobiography will be published in the next couple of weeks, though it is possible he may not be alive when it is published.

The book will be published by Sidgwick and Jackson and will be priced at about 15. Reg Kray - A Way of Life will centre around his 32-year stretch in prison for the murder of Jack 'The Hat' McVitie.

His twin brother Ronnie died in prison of a heart attack five years ago at the age of 61.

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