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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next to the lock and jiggled then turned gently left then right he could hear the locking mechanism as each turn of the key released something until there was one final loud click that told him the guard key had now made access for the safe key. This key would be larger than the other key that he had just used. He held the torch closer to the keyhole then inserted another Allen Key into the recess. This time it had two L shaped bars which could turn independently in either direction. He didn’t push the key all the way in. Instead he put the key near the opening then turned the key anti- clock wise. It clicked; Billy was now starting to sweat as he knew it would just be a matter of time before the safe door opened. He wiped his brow with a handkerchief then carried on. He turned the key twice clockwise again it clicked then he tried anti- clock wise but nothing happened. His hands were sweating and shaking a little now and he fought to control them. He took a deep breath then turned the key clockwise three times again another click could clearly be heard. Then Billy tried clock wise again but nothing happened.

He thought for a moment; it couldn’t be that simple could it. The first key had clicked on one, the second on two, the third on three, he turned the key four times anti- clock wise and the door opened. He shone the torch inside and it was jammed packed with money. There were bags with shillings, bags containing half crowns. But further back into the safe there were bundles of notes. Billy took them out and placed them neatly on the desk. There weren’t hundreds of pounds in the safe there was thousands.

If he was caught with this amount of cash he would be going to prison for twenty years. He counted five thousand eight hundred and twenty pounds. It was a small fortune and more money that Billy Royale had ever seen in his life.

He placed the coins back into the safe after filling up all of his pockets with half crowns then relocked it then hung up the picture.

Then all of the notes were placed into his canvas bag. He hadn’t realised how heavy paper money could be until it hung around his neck. He climbed up the rope then looked down the lane. He heard a cat meowing further down but that was all. He undid the rope, slid it into the bag. He removed the tape from the window and put that inside of the bag too then climbed down onto the wall then jumped down into the lane. His heart was pounding in his chest as he hurried back to the bakers shop. Billy let himself in then closed the door and let out a huge sigh.

Billy had done it; he’d pulled off the biggest robbery of his life. He stripped off his clothes and then hid the money under the bed. He snuggled next to Gillian who was still asleep. He looked at the clock. It was now four thirty. He would have tell her that he was going back to North Shields to tell his bosses at work that he was moving to Hull. That way it would allow the heat to be off him as the police searched for a suspect.

Billy would tell her that once he’d found somewhere to live he would be back. He closed his eyes and was fast asleep. He never heard the sound of a police car all morning. When Gillian woke up she left Billy to sleep. It was only the smell from the ovens baking fresh bread that woke Billy up as he went to the bathroom to relieve himself. He washed then put his clothes back on. He would by himself a whole new wardrobe when he got to Newcastle. He brought down the canvas bag after hiding the jemmy, tape, gloves, and everything else behind the bath panel then replacing it. Billy walked casually down to the shop where Gillian was filling up the shelves with freshly made bread and steak pies.

“I have to go Gillian he said as he kissed her tenderly.’

“I thought you were staying here?’ 

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