Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 66 )
Someone must have been watching over me, just as I prepared myself for a beating, salvation appeared in the robust form of Sergeant Shine of Abberline’s Division ‘H’ ‘What do you fools think you are playing at? this is the local Doctor and a good friend of my Inspector’s,’ stated an annoyed Sergeant Shine.
‘We thought he was the Ripper!’ cried one of them, trying to make an excuse for their actions. ‘ Tell that to Old Abberline, and you’ll be mopping out cells for the next six months, if you hadn’t been in such a rush to condemn him, The Doctor would no doubt have shown you his authorisation, signed by Inspector Abberline himself.’
My three would be assailants went very subdued, but then so would I, If I was on the receiving end of Sergeant Shine’s temper, He was a tall burly man with a full beard and the voice and mannerisms of a Regimental Sergeant Major. Not a man to get the wrong side of as three very wary Constables were discovering.
He turned to me and said apologetically, ‘ I’m so sorry about this, Doctor, you are well known to all the local boys, but these clowns are from another Division, Pleas accept my apologies on behalf of Division ‘H’.
‘No harm done, Sergeant, although I believe you arrived in the nick of time to save me from a beating. But tensions are running high at the moment, they thought they were doing their duty, even though they were a little overzealous’ I replied.
‘Its very magnanimous of you to say so, Sir, If the Inspector hears about this, there will be hell to pay!’ ‘ Well, have no fear, Sergeant, he will hear nothing from me.’
(C) Damian Grange 2018