A Place Beyond The Priory

 "A Place Beyond the Priory " This is a story about Life in North Shields during the 1900's-1920's Tom Farrow is a third generation coble fisherman, Who meets and falls in love with a young herring girl who has travelled from the isle of Barra in the outer Hebrides looking for work. Margaret Linnie, her two friends Kerstin McDonald and Beth Munro all end up on the gutting line in Tyne Brand - their unscrupulous foreman Albert Mortimer treats all the girls on the line like animals including his wife Lizzie who bares him 11 children. forced into a marriage she did not want, Lizzie is abused by Albert for his own sexual gratification. She was in love with a young Greek boy called Leonidas Kostalas whom she had known from her days at school and lost her virginity to but her father will not allow them to marry- this is a story of love and betrayal and will keep you riveted until the last page is read.

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 You do not have to say anything but anything you do say can be used against you in court of law. “Do you understand the charges against you sir?’

“You have no proof.’

Hopkins handcuff this gentleman would you. Hopkins took the file and passed it to the sergeant.’

That is confidential information sergeant could I have that back?’

“I’m afraid not Mr Worthington, you see it is evidence.’

“Worthington dismissed the comment thinking that the two policemen had nothing on him.

The police officers escorted Worthington to his car then asked for the keys.’

“You have no search warrant.’

“Little worry sir; we will come back when we have one.’

They drove away in the police car with the arrested man in the back the way they had come.’

At the station Worthington was questioned by Detective Sergeant Robert Falconer. Who actually knew Jeffery.

Jeffery was clever alright, he said that he was in the area that day and the boy obviously saw him and he approached his car after he had stopped because the children were playing football in the street. The boy must have seen the file through the window of my car.

He also noted your registration as well Jeffery.’

“So what, the boy might have taken my car registration as a hobby, like train spotters do.’

“So you did not take this boy to the park then.’

“I never said that; yes I did, he said he wanted to go to the park to see his friends, he asked me if I would give him a lift.’

“And did you?’

“Yes, but that is all Robert, I mean what do you take me for?’

“How do you account for the boy having a ten bob note in his possession.’

The boy told me he was hungry and that his parent’s had no money to buy food.’ “I felt sorry for the boy and gave him ten shillings.

“I see, it was a lot of money to give a young boy don’t you think Jeffery?’

Yes; I guess it was but as I said I felt sorry for the boy.’ I thought ten shillings would help his family.’ “I told him to give it to his mother.’

Alright Jeffery, we will give you the benefit of the doubt this time but in future stay away from children. As for the other charges we have no evidence so you are free to go.’

Jeffery Worthington collected his coat and other valuables at the desk he asked for the file they had. It was given to him by Sergeant Hunter.

Once he had left the station he was driven back to his house and dropped off.

Sergeant Hunter asked the detective why they had let him go; “he’s clearly guilty.’

“We need more evidence; the word of a boy would not stand up in court, you know it.’ A smart barrister would twist things and the boy would crack when questioned.’

“I want you to keep a close watch on him though.’

“Yes sir, said Hunter who was livid because they had let a queer get away. He was like a dog with a bone and he would make sure that he caught Worthington in the act next time.

Sergeant Hunter put on a twenty four hour surveillance of Worthington and Kelvin Williamson.

 

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