By Val McDermid

Lindsay Gordon investigates an alleged attack at a women's peace encampment north of London.

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It’s kind of a stand-off. ” “Come on then, let’s go and check it out. ” They walked briskly through the market place and into the side street where a two-story brick building housed Fordham police station. They could hear the demonstration before they saw the demonstrators. The women from the camp were singing the songs of peace that had emerged over the last two years as their anthem. Changing voices attempted to drown them out with “Close the camp! ” On the steps of the police station, sat about forty women dressed in strangely assorted layers of thick clothing, with muddy boots and peace badges fixed to their jackets, hats and scarves.

She held Deborah at arms’ length. “Hi,” she said. Deborah smiled. “I didn’t plan a reunion like this,” she said ruefully. “We’ll do the champagne and roses some other time,” Lindsay replied. “Champagne and roses? My God, you’ve come up in the world. ” They laughed as Judith, who had been keeping a discreet distance, approached and said, “Thanks for all your help, Lindsay. ” “No chance,” said Deborah. “I wouldn’t dare. ” Lindsay smiled. “I’ve got even tougher,” she said. ” They said goodbye to Judith and headed for the car park.

When she saw Lindsay she flashed a smile of relief before turning back to the magistrates and answering the court clerk’s enquiry about her plea to the breach of the peace charge. “Guilty,” she said in a clear, sarcastic voice. ” It was all over in ten minutes. Deborah was fined £50 plus £15 costs on the breach charge and remanded on bail to the Crown Court for jury trial on the assault charge. The bail had been set at £2500, with the conditions that Deborah reported daily to the police station at Fordham, did not go within 200 yards of the Crabtree home, and made no approach to Mr.

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