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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Darren Morgan Ingles you are accused of the murder of security guard Mr Graeme Smith on the 28th of July 1971 during a robbery that took place at Brook hill 27th July 1971 you are also accused of being in possession of a class A narcotic substance with intent to supply.

Would you like to give your name, date of birth and you current home address for the benefit of the tape recording.

Darren went through the procedure then they asked if he was guilty or not guilty of the allegations being made against him.’

“Don’t answer that said Jonathan Hardington.’

“Okay well we have enough to keep you in custody until Monday morning Mr Ingles.’

“You’ve got Jack Shit on me and you know it.’

Rob pulled out a file then showed his brief a photos then the address of the house where the drugs were discovered.’

Jonathan passed them over to Darren who just said this is a fit up those are not mine and you know it.

“This is your house is it not; so how do you explain four kilo’s of cocaine we found there.

“It’s not mine I tell you; I’m being fitted up here.’

Darren Morgan Ingles I am formally charging you with the murder of Graeme Smith and actual bodily harm of security guard Gordon Philips during a robbery of a security van on the 27th of July 1971. You are also charged of possession of a known narcotic substance with intent to supply. How do you plead Mr Ingles?’

“Its lies, all bloody lies.’ Get me out of here Jonathan.’

“I’m sorry but there’s nothing I can do at this stage.’

Jonathan got up and they let him out.’

Darren was taken back to his cell to await court on Monday morning he told Jonathan to bring him a suit and tie for his court appearance and a clean shirt. Ask Tanya to bring down my battery shaver down as well; some deodorant and toothpaste will you Jonathan he shouted.’

The tape was turned off and the two detectives both left the room.

“What do you think said Kipper Heron once they were walking back to the office that had been set aside for them?’ “I think he is a guilty as sin Kipper.’

Rob rang Ralph Mason and informed him that they had now officially charged Ingles on four counts.

 “I will have a word with the judge to see if we can get him to send him down to Strangeway’s on remand since the crime was committed down here.’


On Monday Morning at ten o’clock Darren stood in the dock and made his not guilty plea.

The police said that they were worried that Ingles might try to flee the country and that he was a dangerous manipulative man.

Jonathan Hardington tried to defend his client saying that Mr Ingles had not been convicted of any crime for over twenty years and was a model citizen who paid his taxes and helped various charities.’

The judge took less than two minutes to remand Ingles and he was sent by armed escort to HMPS Strangeway’s.

He got there at 2pm and was placed on A wing with all the other convicted murderers.’


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