King’s Lynn man arrested in Kray fraud investigation

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A man from the Lynn area has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of fraud in connection with allegedly fake memorabilia connected to notorious gangster Reggie Kray.

It emerged on Friday that an arrest had been made after allegations were first reported to Norfolk Police in February.

A force spokesman said: “Police are investigating allegations of fraud involving memorabilia in the name of Reggie Kray between April 2010 and December 2012.

“These allegations were reported to Norfolk Constabulary on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

“A 55-year-old man from the King’s Lynn area was arrested on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 on suspicion of fraud. He was released on police bail pending further enquiries.”

The spokesman added that the man is due to answer his bail on September 24.

News of the arrest comes just days ahead of the release of a new film about the Kray twins, Reggie and Ronnie, who ran an organised crime gang in London in the 1960s.

The pair were jailed for life in 1969 for the murder of fellow gangster Jack McVitie. Ronnie died in prison in 1995, while Reggie was released on compassionate grounds just weeks before his own death in 2000.

During their prison terms, both twins became interested in art and works credited to them have attracted great interest from collectors.

But, two years ago, Cambridge auctioneer Cheffins withdrew a set of works credited to Reggie Kray from an auction after experts concluded they were of too high a quality to have been produced by him.