2200 words Crime / General Fiction

North London in the 1960s.  A mounted policeman, ‘Lofty’ Beamish, heads home to his stable at the end of a routine patrol. As dusk and rain set in, he interrogates an odd looking man who is behaving suspiciously.  The box he carries contains items that will later point to his involvement in a gruesome crime.  But Beamish has let him go…

Events reach a violent climax in the police stables some hours later when Beamish is alone with the horses and a rain-drenched figure appears at the door.

A curious incident occurred in North London in the early 1960s. The outcome of the matter depended entirely on a seemingly innocuous decision made under conditions of mild duress. A mounted policeman was nearing the end of his patrol one late November afternoon. A heavy, grey sky sagged towards the dismal streets. It was almost dusk and both he and his horse were anticipating, with some relish, returning to the stables where their tea awaited them. Knowing the area well, as one would expect, P.C. Beamish – walked his horse, Duchess, through a network of side streets and alleys that ran between Chapel Market and the Caledonian Road.

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