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Kray twins' secret files.


SECRET police files on the notorious Krays twins have been opened to help produce a documentary about the gangsters' rumoured links to the North East.

The film aims to explore whispers the feared brothers visited Newcastle with the aim of expanding their crime empire in the 1960s.

Almost every big city in England has some kind of shadowy link to Ronnie and Reggie Kray, but The Day The Krays Came to Town draws on the most authoritative sources yet.

For part of the film, Durham Constabulary gave the producers access to a file on the brothers which has remained unseen by the public for 40 years.

The documentary also draws on interviews from notorious crime figures including West End gangster Paddy Conroy, London hardman Dave Courtney and the self-styled Geordie godfather Mario Cunningham - the brains behind a string of post office and bank raids and one of the only people ever to have escaped from Durham Prison.

The Chronicle's local historian Ray Marshall is also involved in the project, but the show's key producer is Steve Wraith, a former Newcastle doorman whose connection with the Krays began at the age of 17.

Steve became fascinated with the brothers' notorious past in London's East End and he regularly visited them in prison where they were serving life for the murder of Jack 'The Hat' McVitie in 1969.

In 1995 Steve was a security guard at Ronnie's London funeral and two years later was a character witness for Charlie at his Old Bailey trail when he was convicted of masterminding a pounds 39m drugs ring. He remained in touch with Charlie and Reggie until they died.

He said: "Recording this documentary, I have now met a lot of these characters. I wish I could go back in time and ask Ron And Reg about their visits here. We are looking to put the record straight once and for all."

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HARDMEN: Reggie, right, and Ronnie Kray at Reggie's wedding to Francis Shea
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 19, 2010
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