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0003107D96100B2F30358D197Threatening: Ronnie Kray wears a towering quiff in the mugshot, taken when he was about 19      0003107D96100B2F30207D71B

Reggie Kray stares arrogantly at the camera in his police mugshot from the same age        article-1193408-000316E200000258-239_306x423_pop11p
A more familiar image of Ronnie Kray and, right, brother Reggie at the height of their notoriety

They may look like fresh-faced teenagers, but closer examination reveals an unmistakable air of menace that helps identify the Kray twins in their first ever police mugshots.


The black-and-white stills show Ronnie and Reggie after they were arrested for desertion from National Service in 1952.

With their hair in quiffs, they stare menacingly at the camera and also pose side-on. The pair, aged about 19, were then locked away in the Tower of London, giving them their first taste of punishment in criminal careers which spanned two decades.


Richard Westwood-Brookes, of auctioneer Mullock’s, said today: ‘They are fine examples of the burgeoning interest in the history of crime – especially the fascination surrounding the Kray twins.
‘Although we can’t be exact as to the date of the photographs they are believed to have been taken some time during or just before 1952.
A more familiar image of Ronnie Kray and, right, brother Reggie at the height of their notoriety
‘That was roughly the time when Ron and Reg were away on National Service.

‘But they quickly got bored of the military lifestyle – I think it’s fair to say they probably didn’t have a great deal of time for authority. So they deserted from the army but were recaptured shortly after.
‘That’s when we think this photograph was taken – you can see from the photos that their hair is very short at the sides, a characteristic of the army-style cuts.’ 

The photographs – being sold anonymously by a former Scotland Yard detective – are expected to fetch £200 at auction on June 25.


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Good, honest old fashioned criminals, who loved their Mum, only killing criminals and put the squeeze and thuggish behaviour on other similar types are the old tired excuses people, many of them TV stars place on these two thugs.
They were criminal thugs who preyed on many innocent people and jail was and is the best place for theses types. Finally we are rid of them both

– Moorlandhunter, Where the heather grows, 17/6/2009 09:37


The fact that they absconded from National Service speaks volumes about their character – or lack of. Anyone who glorifies these thugs is an idiot. Can you imagine if we romanticised those who commit knife crime today and eagerly bid for their personal effects? The world would think we had gone mad.

– Eve, Worcester, 17/6/2009 09


Good riddance to bad rubbish.

– Mark, Chorley, UK, 17/6/2009 08:56


Forgive me, but they were a couple of handsome boys!!

– Dolly, brissie, aust., 17/6/2009 07:44


Lovely boys weren’t they. And so kind to their Mum. But not many others.

– taff, wales, 16/6/2009 10:42