Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (18) Betcha By Golly Wow – Roxy’s Tale (Part 09)
By the time Marty and Richard left the formers office Roxy had left for the day and the moment she got into her car she broke down and cried and when her phone rang and she saw that it was Richard she cried even harder.
All the way home to Mornington she ignored Richards call’s because she didn’t want to hear the bad news but had she been privy to the meeting in Katarski’s she would have known that there was nothing to worry about.
“So basically what you’re telling me is that it was a harmless bit of fun, but somebody in a position of influence wants to make a mountain out of a molehill for reason or reasons unknown”
Boris Katarski said
“That about sums it up guv” Marty said
“And there’s no hope of finding the culprits” DC Deacon added
“I called Molly Westwood last night and asked her what kind of feedback the paper received on her article?” Marty said
“And?” Katarski asked
“A few “appalled” and “disgusted” but the vast majority saying it was just a bit of fun and they didn’t understand what all the fuss was about” he replied
“So public opinion is on the side of reason, but the problem is Superintendent Tilbry isn’t going to let us drop it” Boris mused
“So what do we do?” Deacon asked
“We have to get him to make us drop it” he replied
“How do we do that?” Marty asked
“You need to get better acquainted with the reporter” he replied
“Oh I think he was planning to do that anyway” Deacon remarked
“Good” Boris said
The subsequent phone call behind closed doors to Molly Westwood was to arrange a meeting for Marty to leak a story about undue influence being applied.
Which he did on Sharpington Pier shortly before kissing her in the moonlight.
Molly’s Editor at the Sharpington Courier passed on the story but as expected The Abbottsford Clarion accepted without hesitation as it was a red top tabloid that took great pleasure in rubbishing the police at every opportunity.
It amused the Inspector that he was using their bilious rag to aid the Polices cause.
So when Sunday morning came so did the revelations under the banner headline of “Police Turn a Blind Eye to Pickpockets”
The story went on to reveal how an unnamed, but Senior Police officer had shouted at his juniors
“Damn the pick pockets and damn the burglars, find me those Golliwogs”
The article was filled with quotes from members of the public who had very different expectation of the police and were bemused at the waste of resources on what was little more than a student prank.
As a result of the Clarion story Inspector Katarski was instructed by the Assistant Chief Constable on Monday morning to drop the “Golliwog nonsense” immediately and catch the pickpockets.
To which Boris replied
“We have them in custody already”
Thanks to Roxanne’s stunning work on the crime map they set up an observation and caught the crew of six on Saturday afternoon.