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.