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KRAY HEAVY IS ARRESTED OVER MURDER CLAIMS ON TV; NABBED: VILLAIN QUIZZED AFTER CONFESSING TO HIS PART IN REIGN OF TERROR.

A BRUTAL henchman of the Kray twins has been arrested after claiming on TV that he was involved in two gangland murders.

Freddie Foreman was arrested on suspicion of perjury and perverting the course of justice after appearing on two Carlton Television documentaries, broadcast in January.

He told millions of TV viewers that he helped the Krays by murdering Frank Mitchell, known as the Mad Axeman, and dumping his body in the North Sea.

The 68-year-old also said he was involved in the disappearance and death of Tommy "Ginger" Marks.

Foreman was cleared of both murders and cannot be retried for the crimes.

But he could be charged for allegedly lying in court and for perverting the course of justice after claiming in one of the documentaries that he intimidated witnesses who had seen Ronnie Kray shoot dead George Cornell in the Blind Beggar pub in east London in 1966.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said yesterday: "We can confirm that a 68-year-old man attended a central London police station on Tuesday by appointment.

"He was arrested in connection with allegations of perjury and perverting the course of justice and was bailed to return to the police station in July."

Frank Mitchell was killed after escaping from Dartmoor Prison. He sought refuge with the Krays while the twins negotiated his return to jail in exchange for parole.

When Mitchell refused to go back, he was murdered.

Tommy Marks, a used car dealer, vanished after being shot in Stepney, east London, in 1965.

Foreman and three others were cleared of his murder on the judge's directions.

In 1969, the Kray Twins were sentenced to life for the murders of George Cornell and Jack "The Hat" McVitie. Foreman was jailed for 10 years as an accessory.

Foreman was friendly with Scotland's most infamous gangster, Arthur Thompson, who died of a heart attack in 1993.

The Krays and Foreman forged an alliance with Thompson, who supplied heavies to carry out gangster hits for them.

It is believed the Glasgow gangster carried out at least one underworld execution himself for the twins in the early 60s.

CRIME FILE:

FREDDIE FOREMAN

A friend of the Krays, jailed in 1969 as an accessory to murder. Also linked to Scots crime boss Arthur Thompson

FRANK MITCHELL

Escaped from Dartmoor Prison. Krays negotiated his return to jail. He

was killed when he refused to go back

GEORGE CORNELL

Shot by Ronnie Kray at the Blind Beggar pub in east London in 1966. Foreman said he nobbled witnesses in the case
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