Under Scrutiny

A story of back street abortion in 1948 and how the change came about where women were given contraception and could go to a clinic to have a termination. A doctor who's ex- wife dies of cancer is left to bring up his daughter who has downs syndrome. His perception of the disability is changed when he discovers that his daughter is brighter than he first thought. This is a story of acceptance and the love between a disabled girl and her father. The story includes prize fighting when Billy Tugg Fawcett and his friend a black heavyweight fighter called Bill Peters fight their way to a title fight but gangsters and racketeers are after Bill when he refuses to throw a fight.


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Bill had the belt round his waist as the press took their photos.

“Well you did it said Norman; there’s two hundred guineas to pick up as well.

Dave Ritson climbed into the ring to congratulate him.

Bill stepped down from the ring apron and walked to the dressing room where he saw a bottle of champagne in a bucket of ice the note attached said- Well done champ you did it I’m proud of you. I am over the road if you fancy a pint. Bring my dad and Dave with you.

 Bill smiled as he undressed had a shower then put on his suit and tie.

He packed away his boots and shorts in a case with his passport; he then placed the Lonsdale Belt on top.

Norman got his prize money then they headed over the road to the “Royal Oak”

 Tug sat at a table near the bar as they walked in and Norman went to the bar to get the drinks. Tug stood up and shook Bills hand.

Dave Ritson was carrying the bottle of Champagne.

The Landlord rang the bell at the bar and silence fell all around. Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the new Light Heavyweight Champion of Great Britain.

A big cheer went up and everyone was rushing over to shake the hand of the new champion.

It was then that Bill told Norman that he was leaving on the morning ferry.

“Are you going on holiday Bill Norman said?

“No mate I’m leaving for good. I want to thank you both for everything and as for you Tug I’m going to miss you. I look forward to reading that you went on to win the world title.

Bill raised his glass as two men walked into the bar and approached the table they both had their caps pulled down so their faces were obscured they had long over coats on that were open. Congratulations on your win they said and the first man held out his hand Bill stood up to shake it but didn’t see the second bring up a sawn off shot gun and fire it at point blank range. The force of the shot threw Bill back in his seat

Bill looked up as the man who had shot him lifted up his cap. He had a badly broken nose and Bill recognised him from the dressing room where he got his hand broken.

“A present from Mr Jackson he said as the men made their escape in a car waiting outside. Bill was bleeding badly from a massive hole in his chest as the Landlord phoned for an ambulance. The blast had caused Temporary deafness of Norman, Dave, and Tug.

 Bill Peters bled to death before the ambulance got to the bar to save him.



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