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Four young boys are accused with robbery. one of them with murder, Hanging in Britain was still prevalent at that time. Can one of them escape the hangman's noose?'
Ruby White the petite honey blonde who works in a chemist shop spends her lunch break reading poetry in the local library. it is there that she meets Richard Llewellyn Shaw a writer and poet from Wales who has come to the North East to write a book. A relationship develops even though he is eight years her senior.
Then there is Jessie Longworth who has been saddled with looking after her father who is in the early stages of dementia. She is unable to cope with looking after her father, and her family and asks her brother Edward if he will take her father for a while. Joe Corder is an ex-dock worker. He worked hard all his life and gives his son his savings to help him start his own business. He meets Elizabeth who comes from a well to do family who all look down on Jessie and her father. She will not have him in her home.

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“Is it possible then, that that old injury could have caused his death not the direct blow from the lead pipe?’

“Yes it is possible.’

“Thank you professor that will be all.’

The judge banged down his gavel before saying “this trial will resume at ten o’clock tomorrow.’ He instructed the jury not to discuss the case with anyone outside of the court room. Then Judge Lindsay stood up then said “ this court is now adjourned and will reconvene tomorrow.’

“All rise said the court usher and both councils bowed their heads.

Everett Humphries packed away his case notes in his case as the four boys were led away in handcuffs.

They would be taken back to Low Newton Remand Centre in Durham then brought back to court in the morning.

The lads went down in the cells in silence they were told to sit and await the driver and the guards who had brought them from the Youth Offenders Prison.’

If they were lucky they would make supper where they would receive a meal and a hot cup of tea. They had been on remand over nine months now and although they were on remand they were treated just the same as a convicted prisoner by the guards.

An hour later and they were placed inside a black Mariah and carted back to the prison. They stood in line with others who had been put on remand that day and stripped off. Then they were given their prison clothing and taken back to their cells.

Each one of them were segregated and placed in a cell with a different prisoner.

Albert Reynolds asked if they’d had their supper yet to which his cell mate replied; “you must bloody love it here.’

“No I don’t but I’m hungry; we haven’t had anything to eat since breakfast this morning.’

You should have eaten the porridge then.’

“Bugger that, it was awful.’

“How long have you been here now?’

Nine months.’ Just wait until you’ve been here a couple of years then you’ll eat anything they give you.’

“Was there any post for me today?’

“No, who the hell would write to you,’

“My mother writes to me.’

“What about your father?’

“He done off and left us when I was about five years old.’

“I bet you are an only child right?’

“How did you know?’

“I could guess straight away.’

 The lags in here would ask if there was anything from there girlfriends, you didn’t.’

You ain’t got a girlfriend have you?’

No; I haven’t.’

“So are you queer or what?’

“No I just haven’t got a girlfriend.’

“Tommy Bell laughed as he looked at Albert Reynolds. “ A seventeen year old virgin you are.’

“Albert’s face reddened with embarrassment.’

“The lags are going to love you here.’

“What do you mean?’

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