He moved to Sheffield 10 years ago following the death of his wife.
He claimed the Krays offered him work and accommodation but he was determined to go straight and moved to Birmingham where he worked as a taxi driver for 17 years.
And he says it was they who nicknamed him 'The Iceman' for being cool under pressure.
to come to court so he could show for the record that he had no such convictions.
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John Raymond Searl, aged 74, met the infamous East End gangsters when he was serving a long stretch following a string of robberies in the 1950s.
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He said he associated with them for years weight trained with Reggie and witnessed an inmate pour boiling water over Ronnie.
in Hillsborough so he would be arrested and charged and his lawyer would read out his previous convictions in court.
Mr Moxonsmith told District Judge Tony Brown: "He has a heavy record and has served time in prison, but there is nothing relating to sex offences. He was so upset by the allegations he thought this was the best way to clear his name."
The widower's past came to light at Sheffield Magistrates' Court after he pleaded guilty to criminal damage.
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Karen Moxonsmith, defending, told Sheffield Magistrates' Court Searl had smashed Graham Knapp's windows on September 20 in response to the rumours.
Searl befriended the murderous Kray twins when they were on the same wing in high security Parkhurst jail in the 1960s.
Searl, who said he had turned down six figure sums to tell his story, said: "The Krays gave me the nickname because I never lose my temper I just act. It's got me into a lot of trouble.
Searl, who now lives in sheltered accommodation in Crookes, said he resorted to crime again after false rumours were circulated that he had served an eight year sentence for a child sex offence.
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Searl told the court: "Spreading rumours like this is the worst crime in the world people think there's no smoke without fire. I asked the police to inform my accusers of my record, but they wouldn't even reveal it to me.
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