Kray loses cocaine appeal

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Charlie Kray has lost the first round of his appeal against a conviction for masterminding a pounds 39m cocaine deal.

The Court of Appeal rejected a written application from 71-year-old Kray's legal team for leave to appeal against the conviction. Kray's solicitor, Ralph Haeems, said: "We are disappointed we did not get leave to appeal, but will now prepare a legal submission to be heard before three judges."

Kray, the elder brother of gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie, was jailed for 12 years last June after being found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of offering to supply undercover police officers with cocaine.