Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (18) Betcha By Golly Wow – Roxy’s Tale (Part 08)
Life couldn’t have been better for Roxanne, she had a new man in her life who she was falling in love with and now she had been given a chance to make an impression in CID on secondment to create a crime map.
But she wasn’t feeling quite so fortunate on Thursday afternoon when DI Katarski had a visit from Superintendent Tilbry followed by a meeting behind closed doors and it wasn’t long before voices were raised.
Roxy couldn’t hear what was being said as she was on the other side of the office and she was in the coffee room when the shouting reached its crescendo.
“Damn the pick pockets and damn the burglars” The Superintendent yelled “Find me those Golliwogs”
And he then stormed out of Katarski’s office and slammed the door.
Afterwards DI Katarski explained at length the nature of his discussion with Superintendent Tilbry and the “Golliwog Gate” incident and tasked Marty Griffin to go and speak with the journalist and the organisers the next day.
“Oh guv” he protested and DC Deacon laughed
“And you can go with him to make sure he doesn’t get lost” Boris added
“But what about the collating?” Deacon protested
“Roxanne is quite capable of doing the collating on her own” The DI said and from across the office PC Kincaid-Smith was heard to titter although in truth she was unaware of the enquiry’s they were making having only heard the tail end of the conversation.
“Did you say something Roxanne?” Boris called to her
“No guv just clearing my throat” she replied
Before the end of the day Richard caught up with Roxy in the coffee room and told her what exactly he and DS Griffin would be investigating.
“God Richard I am so screwed” Roxy whispered
“Why?” he said “We’re not going to find out anything, nobody knows anything anyway”
“But what if someone else recognised me, or one of the others?” she said desperately
“Look we’re only making enquiries to get Tilbry off the Guv’s back”
He said “So don’t worry”
But that was like saying “don’t breathe”
The next day Roxy kept her head down and worked flat out on the crime map and tried hard not to think about what Marty and Richard mind be finding out from Molly Westwood who was the Journalist at the Sharpington Courier who wrote the Golliwog piece and Jayne Keeling, who chaired the Sharpington Day Parade Fundraising Committee and she prayed that would be an end to it.
The day was incredibly long and the only consolation was she had identified the hot spot on the crime map where the pickpockets were operating.
Later that day when DS Griffin and DC Deacon walked into DI Katarski’s office she couldn’t make eye contact with Richard for fear that she might cry and when the door closed she was completely in the dark about what was being said inside.
And she was no wiser when the door reopened and they emerged again, and when Richard and Marty walked straight past her and went into an adjacent office and closed the door her heart sank and her stomach turned over.
However had she known that Marty was making a phone call to the Reporter Molly Westwood to arrange to meet her by the entrance to the Pier later, she would have been none the wiser.