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1968: Krays held on suspicion of murder

The Kray twins, Reginald and Ronnie aged 34, and their 41-year-old brother Charlie have been arrested after a series of dawn raids in London.

They are among 18 men currently being held at West End Central police station helping with inquiries relating to offences including conspiracy to murder, fraud, demanding money with menaces and assault.

More than 100 detectives raided homes and offices all over the capital in the largest operation of its kind carried out by Scotland Yard.

The Kray brothers were the first to be arrested when police forced their way into their mother's council flat at Braithwaite House, Finsbury.

They were in bed at the time of the police raid, were ordered to get dressed and were then taken in separate cars to the police station.

Former amateur boxers, they are now well known as businessmen and own a number of nightclubs in the East End, West End and Knightsbridge, mixing with various celebrities.

Detectives also made arrests in houses and hotels in other parts of London and the Home Counties.

The entire operation has been conducted under strict secrecy by Cdr John du Rose, operational head of London's CID, after 18 months of investigations.

They are expected to be charged tomorrow and to appear before Bow Street magistrates.

Potential witnesses have been promised protection in return for full statements that might help police.

In Context
Ronnie and Reggie Kray ran one of the capital's biggest crime rackets with their elder brother, Charlie.

In March 1969, after an epic trial at the Old Bailey, they were jailed for life for the murders of George Cornell and Jack 'The Hat' McVitie, both members of the London underworld.

A film about the Krays in 1990 fuelled a campaign to get them released.

But successive home secretaries refused to free them.

Ronnie died of a heart attack in prison in 1995.

Charlie Kray, was jailed for 10 years in 1969 for helping his brothers get rid of the body of McVitie, released in 1975 and imprisoned again in 1997 for masterminding a drugs plot. He died in April 2000.

Reggie was released on compassionate grounds a month before his death from cancer in October 2000.

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