Paul Malik the handsome Arab, inherited the laundry business from his father who came to live in England in 1948 and started life in Liverpool, He buys his first shop with six old washing machines when he moves to the Arab and Jewish community in Benwell in Newcastle. He notices how the community struggle to wash clothes by hand and sets about opening a laundrette. Des Baldwin, the racial bigot does not like Paul or any other black man or woman for that matter. He works in a garage on waterville road and does fiddle work on the side. There is a knock on his door one evening and a bony faced man in a suit asks if he will repair a friends car. the 1968 Jaguar belongs to Darren Ingles a notorious gangster from the West End of Newcastle. The car has been used in a robbery and has been damaged. Read how Des' gets involved with the mob. The story is set in 1971 and will take you to Manchester, and Tenerife and the Canary islands. This is a story of drug trafficking, Dealing and murder.


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Hold on said Nobby; nominate your pocket.’

“Bottom left he said as he got down and wasted no time in doubling the black into the bottom bag.’

Thanks for the game lads said Billy as he finished his pint.’

Slick was booting Nobby up the arse and telling him that he’d have to sell more toot to make up the money that he’d lost.’

Gerry came over after the lads had all left and gave Billy his fourteen hundred plus winnings at 6-1. Not a bad days work mate £2600 for three games of pool.’ I suggest that you get a taxi out of here. Thanks for staking me said Billy as he handed over his cut that left him with £1900.’

“Easy money for a county pool champion eh Billy.’

“They didn’t know that though did they he winked.’

“If the bastard hadn’t been so cocky I would have settled for a ton.’

Gerry rang for a cab to take Billy home to Cecil Street as he placed his treasured Gibson acoustic back into the case.

The cab came after Billy had come from the toilet and he said goodbye to Gerry before leaving.’


The cab drove him past Sloane Street then around to his flat.

He paid the taxi driver then went quickly inside. He was only in the house a couple of minutes when Kipper Heron and Peter Wilson knocked at the door. He ran to the back door and left it open ready to make his escape if it was the hoodie gang. Then he moved the curtain to see that it was the coppers.

Billy opened the door and said “I thought I told you never to come to the fucking front door; are you trying to get me killed.’

“Can we come in?’

Billy tilted his head to indicate for them to come in then closed the door.’

“So Billy what is happening?’

“Ah well, that depends on what you are prepared to pay me.’

“I need info about the robbery yesterday; it could be worth a lot if we can secure a conviction.’

“Yes there must be a big reward out to recover five million in used notes. Totally untraceable as well; I mean I’m not saying that there are a lot of bent coppers but I bet there will be a lot of the money salted away in some off shore bank accounts for someone when they retire I expect.’

“Look do you have anything for me or not?’

“Yes, the gang who robbed the van yesterday are from up north.’

“What Scotland?’

“No Newcastle.’

“Has there been any names put about?’

“Yeah man, the name Darren Ingles was mentioned and Wolfie Willis isn’t happy about him robbing on his patch.’

“Only that they were all wearing Monkey masks when they did the job.’

Thanks; if you hear anything else you have my number give me a call.’

“Here there’s a ton for you for now; if we recover the money and get a conviction you will get a big reward.’

“I won’t book my holiday home in Spain yet then.’

Billy showed them out then went to his room where he had lifted the wooden panel from the window ledge and inside the recess he placed his money. He had several 

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