Kray rel­a­tive casts doubt on paint­ings

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A col­lec­tion of art­work by the Kray twins, due to be sold at auc­tion, turned out to be fake.

The items were pulled from the sale at Westen­hanger Auc­tion­eers af­ter “fur­ther ex­ten­sive re­search”, ac­cord­ing to auc­tion­eer Michael Hog­ben.

The lots were among 300 items at the sale ear­lier this month.

Mr Hog­ben said: “On ad­vice from a lead­ing ex­pert in this par­tic­u­lar field, it was de­cided that the items are not orig­i­nal and, in fur­ther to con­sul­ta­tion with a mem­ber of the Kray fam­ily, this was con­firmed.”

It had been thought the 13 paint­ings were done by East End gang­sters Ron­nie and Reg­gie Kray while they were in hospi­tal.

Eight paint­ings ‘by Reg­gie’ and five ‘by Ron­nie’ – were part of a col­lec­tion which, it was claimed, the twins had given to a friend in prison with them.

All had prison stamps and the sale also in­cluded items by no­to­ri­ous pris­oner Charles Bron­son.

Mr Hog­ben said they had been in a suit­case un­der the bed of the friend’s great un­cle, who had been in prison with the Krays. A third mem­ber of a gang has ad­mit­ted in­volve­ment in a sadis­tic bur­glary in which an el­derly busi­ness­man and his wife were se­ri­ously in­jured by boil­ing wa­ter poured over them.

Daniel Wal­lace, 33, and Kacey Adams, 34, last month pleaded guilty to ag­gra­vated bur­glary at the cou­ple’s home in Hal­stead, near Sevenoaks, while “armed” with cable ties, and two of­fences of caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent.

They de­nied two of­fences of false im­pris­on­ment, and they were left on file.

Drew Mor­ris, 27, on Mon­day de­nied ag­gra­vated bur­glary and ad­mit­ted sim­ple bur­glary when he ap­peared at Maid­stone Crown Court by video link with

Pic­ture: Aspinall Foun­da­tion

A young chee­tah es­caped

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