Episode 2: The Only Way Is Murder

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Episode 2: The Only Way Is Murder

Post  Silent Hunter on Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:23 am

Monday 25 January 2016, 0930, GMP Headquarters

It was snowing. Heavily. Two inches had fallen overnight, resulting in traffic chaos and the closure of a large number of schools. Someone had already been arrested for breach of the peace after knocking an old man over with a snowball and there had been a fatal accident on the M62.

Neither of these exactly concerned Syndicate Four of the Greater Manchester Police Serious Crimes Division, colloquially referred to as Sierra Charlie Four, but something else would soon.

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Post  Jason Andersen on Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:17 pm

A man with a heavy overcoat and a fedora-like walking hat entered, holding a paper and a coffee in his hand. His coat was white at the shoulders with accumulated snow, as well as the top of his hat. Pulling the hat from his head, he knocked the snow off it, and brushed off his coat as well. He was handsome, in his late twenties, and had an air of confidence about him. He looked around the empty headquarters.

"Bloody hell, it's cold," he commented to the empty room. He put his coffee and the newspaper down on a desk. The nameplate on the desk read, 'Aidan Dunhill'. He shed his overcoat and hung it up. He found it odd to be in the office alone - the snow must have delayed his colleagues.

He sat down and started reading the paper while he finished his coffee.

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Post  Silent Hunter on Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:50 am

The newspaper's coverage mostly focussed on the wave of cold weather that had hit much of the North, catching local authorities by surprise. There was also a piece about a likely strike by tram drivers over pay - just what this city needed at the moment.

As he was reading, he heard someone enter the room and stand by the water cooler. When he turned to look he saw a tall, balding man who had put on some weight over the years, dressed in a white shirt with black epaulettes. The epaulettes each had a set of crossed tipstaves and a crown on.

Dunhill didn't need to see the name tag to recognise a man he'd seen in the press recently. While saluting might not be appropriate, standing up was certainly so.

He was looking at Sir David Cartwright, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police.

"Good morning", his ultimate boss said.

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Post  GemH89 on Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:45 pm

A tall dark haired women entered the office she wore a Parker which was slightly covered with snow,in her hand a steaming cup of coffee which she sipped from as she approached one of the desks, taking off her coat she placed it on a chair and the coffee on the desk the name plate read 'Abigail Bentley' she was an attractive women in her mid twenties and possessed an air that told those around her she was not one to be messed with.
Until now she had been in a world of her own but seeing her colleague and the Chief she remarked a slight smile playing upon her lips despite not feeling all that cheery.

"Morning Chief,Dunhill"

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Post  Jason Andersen on Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:24 pm

Aidan set his paper aside and stood up, coming around to the other side of his desk.

"Good morning, Chief. What can I do for you, sir?"

He nodded at Bentley as she came in. "Morning, Bentley." He'd have made small conversation with her, normally. But right now his attention was on the Chief.

~Dunhill~

OOC: I'm assuming having the Chief Constable here is NOT a normal occurrence. Smile

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Post  Silent Hunter on Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:44 am

"Nothing, really", Sir David replied, "I'm just looking for DCS Carlton. Mind you, if you've got any complaints or issues, I'm happy to hear them".

Sir David's questioning was interrupted by Dunhill's telephone ringing.

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OOC: No, it isn't.

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Post  GemH89 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:36 am

Bentley simply sighed slightly and shook her head,even if she had had any complaint's she would hardly unload those on the top man.

"Non from me Sir" was all she said in responce to his question.

Her full attention turned to Dunhill's phone as it began to ring 'wonder who that is' she thought as she took her seat and sipped at her coffee.,she'd find out soon enough.
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Post  Jason Andersen on Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:23 pm

Aidan was glad for the interruption. It allowed him to avoid responding to the request for complaints or issues.

"Excuse me, sir," he said, sitting on his desk and answering the phone.

"DS Dunhill."

~Aidan Dunhill~

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Post  Silent Hunter on Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:43 am

"Good morning", a heavy male voice at the other end declared, "It's Detective Chief Inspector Darius Crosland, from North Manchester CID. We've got a sus circs DB in a hotel in the city centre. It's rather a recognisable guy as well. Bakr Alfrasi. One of my DC's informs me that he's a reality TV star".

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Post  Jason Andersen on Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:40 pm

Dunhill raised his eyebrows in surprise. "Bakr Alfrasi? I've heard the name before. What hotel is the body in?"

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Post  Silent Hunter on Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:18 pm

Jason Andersen wrote:Dunhill raised his eyebrows in surprise. "Bakr Alfrasi? I've heard the name before. What hotel is the body in?"

~Dunhill~

"Apparently he's one of the people in Mancunian Candidates. Hotel's called The Myers Inn; four-star joint on Princess Street. I've got SOCO and Jack Baxter on their way".

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Post  GemH89 on Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:03 am

Bentley listened into the conversation and hearing the name Bakr Alfrasi she raised a brow herself and then hearing Dunhill mention hotel and body she let out a sigh and thought to herself 'ah great this should be bloody fun' she continued to listen in.
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Post  Jason Andersen on Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:25 pm

"Right, Mancunian Candidates, that's the one. We'll meet Jack there. I'm sure she'll have something interesting to tell us, as always. Any other details you have, yet?"

Hanging up the phone, Dunhill turned to Bentley.

"Well, Bentley, feel like breakfast at The Myers Inn?"

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Post  Silent Hunter on Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:37 am

Jason Andersen wrote:"Right, Mancunian Candidates, that's the one. We'll meet Jack there. I'm sure she'll have something interesting to tell us, as always. Any other details you have, yet?"

"Well, he was found by a maid this morning, who now appears to have scarpered, possibly because her work status isn't entirely kosher. That and we've found what looks like cocaine on the bedside table".

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Hanging up the phone, Dunhill turned to Bentley.

"Well, Bentley, feel like breakfast at The Myers Inn?"

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Post  GemH89 on Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:28 pm

Bentley hearing the remark gave a slight nod and grabbed her coat throwing it on once more before remarking with a some what curious tone.
"Thought you'd never ask Dunhill" she paused and smirked before adding "So what we got?"
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Post  Jason Andersen on Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:07 pm

"Bakr Alfrasi was found dead by a maid at The Myer's Inn this morning," he said, retrieving his coat and stopping to address Sir David.

"Anything I can do for you, sir, before we go? I'm sure the chief will be in soon."

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Post  Silent Hunter on Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:44 am

"No", Sir David replied, then thought, "Actually, I'll come with you. It's been ages since I was at a crime scene and DCS Carlton can wait. I have a nickname for her, you know".

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Post  Jason Andersen on Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:09 pm

Aidan was somewhat surprised to hear that Sir David wanted to come with them. While he wasn't opposed to the idea, he never really did like having his boss looking over his shoulder while he worked. He held the door for both Sir David and Bentley as they left the office and headed down to the parking level.

He wanted to say he had a nickname for the Chief as well, but didn't think that would be appropriate considering the company.

"Really, what would that be, sir?"

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Post  Silent Hunter on Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:46 pm

Jason Andersen wrote:Aidan was somewhat surprised to hear that Sir David wanted to come with them. While he wasn't opposed to the idea, he never really did like having his boss looking over his shoulder while he worked. He held the door for both Sir David and Bentley as they left the office and headed down to the parking level.

He wanted to say he had a nickname for the Chief as well, but didn't think that would be appropriate considering the company.

"Really, what would that be, sir?"

~Dunhill~

"Ambitious Alex", Sir David replied, "It's an open seat in ACPO [the Association of Chief Police Officers] that she wants to end her career as at least an Assistant Chief Constable".

As they arrived at the parking level, the tall dark-haired figure of Hannah Barclay emerged from her own vehicle, dressed in a suit with a new cravat. Either the air-con on her car was at the max or the common stereotype about people from Tyneside not feeling the cold was true.

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Post  GemH89 on Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:31 pm

Bentley had listened in to the conversation on the way down to the parking lot and couldn't help but chuckle slightly at the remarks being made.
Seeing Barclay she gave a polite nod and noticing what the women wore she raised a brow slightly as she thought.

'must have veins of lava not to fell this cold'
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Post  Jason Andersen on Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:11 pm

Aidan chuckled as well. "I'm not surprised by that in the least, sir."

He headed towards his car, which was very close to Hannah's car. He smiled at her as he approached.

"Good morning, Barclay. Beautiful weather today, don't you think?"

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Post  Silent Hunter on Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:24 am

Hannah Barclay smiled, then reached into her car for a fur coat.

"No, it's freezing", she replied, "I may be from Sunderland, but I don't like hypothermia any more than other people".

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Post  Jason Andersen on Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:47 pm

Aidan smiled back, "No, I don't suppose most people list that on their bucket lists."

He gestured at his car. "We've got a stiff at The Myer's Inn. A celebrity, even. Interested in coming along?"

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Post  GemH89 on Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:57 am

Bentley watched the two of them with a slight smile upon her face,when Dunhill asked if Barclay wanted to tag along she grinned and remarked.

"The more the merrier as they say or perhaps many hands make light work is more appropriate"
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Post  Silent Hunter on Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:18 pm

Jason Andersen wrote:Aidan smiled back, "No, I don't suppose most people list that on their bucket lists."

He gestured at his car. "We've got a stiff at The Myer's Inn. A celebrity, even. Interested in coming along?"

~Dunhill~

"Of course", Barclay said, "I always find celebrity interesting. Morning, sir".

Sir David smiled and nodded.

"I can't tell my Bouncy from my Ribena", the Knight of the Order of the British Empire replied, "I've just realised that I left my cap in my office. Back in five".

With that he walked off.

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