Fred Dinenage: The Krays had a grim life

THE KRAYS - UNFINISHED BUSINESS'Monday 10 January 2000'10 - 11pm ITV Network''THE KRAYS - INSIDE THE FIRM'T.B.C''Twelve days before Christmas 1966, the Kray twins sprang Frank Mitchell from Dartmoor prison. A giant of a man, Mitchell had escaped six times before and been dubbed "The Mad Axeman" by the tabloid press. It sparked what was then the biggest manhunt in British criminal history.''These two one-hour films, narrated by Dennis Waterman, reconstruct the events and take testimony from those who met him, harboured him and even the man who shot him on the Krays' orders. The Krays were tried for the murder, but acquitted. This killing, arguably their most callous, was the one they always claimed never happened.''Pictured:  Reggie Kray and Ronnie Kray''A Carlton Television production. MAYOAK0003286287
THE KRAYS - UNFINISHED BUSINESS'Monday 10 January 2000'10 - 11pm ITV Network''THE KRAYS - INSIDE THE FIRM'T.B.C''Twelve days before Christmas 1966, the Kray twins sprang Frank Mitchell from Dartmoor prison. A giant of a man, Mitchell had escaped six times before and been dubbed "The Mad Axeman" by the tabloid press. It sparked what was then the biggest manhunt in British criminal history.''These two one-hour films, narrated by Dennis Waterman, reconstruct the events and take testimony from those who met him, harboured him and even the man who shot him on the Krays' orders. The Krays were tried for the murder, but acquitted. This killing, arguably their most callous, was the one they always claimed never happened.''Pictured: Reggie Kray and Ronnie Kray''A Carlton Television production. MAYOAK0003286287

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TV veteran Fred Dinenage says the lives of the Kray twins was far from glamorous.

The Meridian anchorman, who wrote the twins’ autobiography, says that the feared brothers lived a grim existence.

Fred, who was speaking to UK Press Gazett as the new film Legend charts the story of the East London gangsters, said: ‘The Kray twins’ life wasn’t glamorous.

‘It was a life of fear and violence. There just wasn’t any glamour in it at all. It’s rather a grim story.’

Fred met the twins in the early 1980s when Reggie was in Parkhurst prison on the Isle of Wight and Ronnie was a patient at the maxiumum-security Broadmoor Hospital.

He said: ‘By the time I got to know them they were senior citizens. They were well passed their fighting prime and Ronnie was quite a sick man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

‘It was hard to imagine these two had the power they had and caused so much fear and mayhem.’

Read the full UK Press Gazette interview here.