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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“I see my mother and father every day and I know that one day they are not going to be around anymore but I will have had a life time of memories to look back on.

“That is so sweet said Jenny.’

It was now go two o’clock and Paul told them that he would have to go.

They walked back to the car and Des said you know I want to say something Paul; you may not like what I am about to tell you but this is true.

I thought that all of you people were just money grabbing foreigners like a lot of black people too. But you have shown me that is not the case. I was wrong and I apologise profusely.’

I was so bigoted that I could not see the truth. I believed only what I wanted to believe.

“You have opened my eyes and my heart. I hope that you will forgive me.’

Paul turned to Des and said “forgiveness is a man’s best quality.’

If everyone could be more forgiving then this world would be a far better place to live.’

They reached the car and this time Des opened the door for his wife and daughter.’

Paul smiled as they all got in and Paul drove them home.’

Des asked Paul if he would do him a big favour and drop him off at his parent’s house

“In Barmouth Way (Briarwood Avenue).

“Of course I will said Paul as he kissed Jenny and told her that he would call for her later after he had collected the money from the shops.’

“I take it you like my daughter then said Des with a laugh.’

“I don’t like her Des, I love and respect her and have done so since I first saw her.’

“That’s great said Des; I know that you will look after, and protect her.’

“With my life said Paul as he drove up Ripley Avenue (Bridge Road North) and turned into Barmouth way. It’s just here on the left. “Do you want to come in?’

“Not this time Des if you don’t mind.’ I think on this occasion you should enjoy the moment.’

“I will see you later then.’

“Goodbye my friend.’

Paul drove away and headed into Wallsend.



After breakfast Barry gathered the others and told them that they were leaving.’

“Where are we going asked Mickey and Brian?’

“We are going back we have business to settle with Darren Ingles.’

“What are you going up against him?

“Do you want to wait around until he pops your scull with a bullet?’

“No I don’t but he has a lot of muscle behind him.’

“So does Alvin Wolfie Willis in Manchester and that’s who we are going to pay a visit.’

Shit what if he turns on us for robbing on his patch.’

He won’t he wants Ingles as there is bad blood between them.

Darren did a stretch and Wolfie was in nick in Strangeway’s doing a two year job for a robbery in a factory.

Darren beat the crap out of Wolfie; not on his own mind; he had a few friends help set Wolfie up in laundry then they set about Wolfie with home made wooden clubs wrapped in pillow cases.’

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