Reggie Kray in hospital for operation

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Ailing gangland killer Reggie Kray has had exploratory surgery and tests after being taken ill in prison. His wife Roberta was at his bedside last night after he fell sick at his Norfolk jail.

Ailing gangland killer Reggie Kray has had exploratory surgery and tests after being taken ill in prison. His wife Roberta was at his bedside last night after he fell sick at his Norfolk jail.

A Prison Service spokeswoman denied he had undergone a cancer operation.

Kray, 66, who has served 31 years of a life sentence for the murder of Jack "The Hat" McVitie in London in 1969, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital earlier in the week. The hospital is used to dealing with inmates from Norwich and the Prison Service says two officers are with Kray.

Kray was moved to the healthcare wing at Norwich on 28 July after it was decided that medical facilities at Wayland Prison in Thetford were inadequate to deal with his as yet unidentified condition.

Mrs Kray is expected to make a public statement later today.

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