The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.


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Wendy knew that she had a duty to do and went back and got Paul and the others together. Laura looked after the boys whilst Wendy discussed what course of action to take. They decided that they would take Raymond to the police station when they got back. Wendy sat with Raymond on the bus all the way back she talked to him and reassured him that he had done nothing wrong and he would not be punished for telling the police. John Gibson had the boys singing on the way home to lighten the mood. All the boys sang “In gang goolley goolley watcha” and “Blow the man down”

The journey seemed a lot quicker on the way back and when they reached the scout hut it was quarter past five. Some of the parents waited at the gates for their children whilst others made their way to the bus stop. Albert told Laura that he would see her on Friday and then he got back on board the mini bus and drove to North Shields Police Station with Raymond Johnston.

Once inside Raymond sat and told the police sergeant everything he’d told Wendy. The sergeant told them to wait whilst he made some enquiries. A social worker was called and then a squad car drove to number 46 Hazelwood Avenue, they burst in through the front door and ran upstairs to find Mr Douglas Johnston putting on his trousers in his daughters room. She was naked on the bed and there were signs of sexual activity. Johnston was led away by the two burly coppers handcuffed. The social worker Miss Amanda Robinson sat on the bed helping little Tammy Johnston put on some clothes and take down a statement. Doris Johnston returned from the bingo at just after 9.30 p.m. she saw the police car pull away with her husband in the back.

“What the hell is going on here; why have you arrested Doug for.’

“When it was explained to her Doris broke down in tears. She took hold of her son and daughter and held them.’ Then her eyes narrowed as she asked what would now happen to the dirty slime that was her husband.’

“I don’t want him back in this house.’

“Don’t worry Mrs Johnston, your husband is going to prison for a long time for what he has done.’

“Only bloody right too, the dorty bastard.’ I hope he rots in jail for what he’s done to my bairns.’

Your Children are going to need help Doris said Amanda. The psychological effects of this will take a long time to get over and your children will need counselling.’

“I understand Miss Robinson. Whatever it takes I will do. I just don’t know how I never knew about this. All these years he’s been getting away with it.’ ”Why didn’t you both come and tell me sooner.’

“We couldn’t mam; Dad said that bad men would take us away from you if we told anyone.’

“No one is going to take you away from me.’

“What am I going to do now though, I only have a part time job and I don’t want to live in this house anymore?’

“We will re-locate you somewhere where your husband cannot find you and you can begin a new life together with your children. Don’t worry they will be well taken care of. You will receive all the help that you need financially.

“Thank you.’

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