The Troubles

"The Troubles " the story is set in Belfast and the North East in 1969.
Seamus Webster and his family flee the riots in Belfast and come to live on Barnstaple Road in North Shields - where he takes up work as a crane driver in Smith's Docks his wife Annie finds a job in the Co-op in Whitley Bay - Seamus is good at DIY and gets lots of work decorating or fitting out new kitchens for people. His father Michael is serving a very long sentence when he is implicated in a
bombing of an army base- his skills as a bomb maker have been passed down to his oldest son and Stephen Mcgill is on the look -out for him as a bombing campaign has begun on mainland Britain. Newcastle has been chosen as the target - can Seamus avoid getting mixed up in this. Read what happens in this tense thriller.


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Ralph Mason had the camera men scan the crowd bit by bit so they could locate the terrorists.

They spotted movement in the Leases End and ordered men to cover the exits.

“When the time elapsed McGill looked at Seamus. “ What the feck has happened.’

“Why haven’t the gone off.’

“Don’t ask me said Seamus; I set them as you ordered.’

“You bastard McGill spat at Seamus; he stuck a gun in his ribs and urged him forward; come with us we’ve got to get out of here.’

Seamus Webster had rigged the bombs so that they wouldn’t explode. The one that did wouldn’t cause much damage apart from a bit of broken glass and smoke.’

The police discovered the rucksacks with the sandwich boxes that had been lined with nothing other than yellow plastercine- a timing device, and no detonators. The flasks contained nothing other than garden compost.

When the final whistle went the Nottingham Forest fans were dispersing from the ground and McGill made the others take of their shirts and walk among the crowds who were leaving. The police were on the look out for men dressed in Newcastle United shirts and missed McGill and the rest as they slid through the net.

They crossed the road; they headed towards the car park. Turning they saw smoke coming from the pub. Two fire engines were there but no signs of ambulances.

“You’ve got some explaining to do Seamus said McGill as they pushed him and his son into the car. “ Drive to Billy’s apartment.’

“They must have been faulty detonators as the one in the pub went off.’

“Aye it went off all right but there was no-one hurt; not a feckin ambulance in sight.’

“They were tipped off by someone.’

Michael O’Leary drove towards Billy’s apartment. They parked up then ran inside the building when they reached the first floor. O’Leary opened the door and Seamus and Liam were bundled inside. There was no sign of Billy Lort in the apartment so McGill assumed that it was him who had alerted the police.

“Come on lets go to your house he said to Seamus; Billy must have taken Brenda back there. “ We will catch up with him if we hurry.’

There was a scramble out of the building and again Seamus was pushed into the back of the car with his son.


  Outside of the Ground Rob Black was joined by Ralph Mason. “Looks like they’ve gotten away from us.” “Come on lets get out of here. They may go to Billy Lort’s apartment. The car started and they sped off towards the quayside with a portable blue light flashing to alert other traffic. Ralph was trying to contact Billy via a portable radio he had given him but there was no answer.

“Where the hell is he shouted Ralph angrily; Ralph rarely lost his temper. He was normally cool calm and collected but he realised that a lot peoples lives were in danger. They had to get to McGill before he escaped. If McGill had plans to bomb other parts of Britain no one was safe. When they reached Billy’s apartment on the quayside Rob and Ralph jumped out and made for the stairs. Taking them two at a time they found the corridor and both men took out their pistols and edged towards the door. They stood either side of the door and Ralph used the butt end of the gun to knock on the door. There was no answer so Rob used his foot and kicked open the door breaking the lock. Quickly they scoured each room and found no –one at home.

“I wonder where he has taken the girl?’

“Do you think he would have taken her back to her mother?’

Possibly; let’s go there.’

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