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« on: October 17, 2018, 03:29:58 PM »
Today, after a week of frustrating failed negotiations, the Metropolitan Police were forced to respond to the unreasonable demands of picketers and protestors, with a show of overwhelming force.

With several ringleaders’ issuing contradictory demands, there was no way for the owner of the government contracted shipyard, Lord Weston, to negotiate a reasonable solution. Something he has gone on record as stating on several occasions, seemed to be the goal of the malcontents. Speaking to this publication, only two days he said, “they come, each of them, tugging their forelocks, pretending to show deference, a list of demands longer than a shopping list, but no two the same, and all equally unworkable.

“I tried to reason with them, God knows, but any offer I made was thrown at my feet in disgust.”

After several days of failed talks, he was forced into unpalatable action, calling upon the finest the City of London Police had to offer, hoping that the sight of mounted troops on towering horses would be enough to send the rabble scurrying back to their hovels.

It was not to be however, and as the mounted brigade made their way peacefully toward the picket line, gunshots were heard, and both riders and steeds were gunned down maliciously. With no other option, the mounted brigade set their spurs and made a heroic charge into the fray.

Once the violence had begun, there was no way to prevent further bloodshed, though many on the side of right, would have hoped otherwise. Horses reared up and stamped down, as more and more bullets and shot filled the air. Left with no other choice, the courageous officers pulled their own firearms, hoping to target the ringleaders, breaking the mob’s spirit before any more lives were lost.
As the cowards started to swarm to safety, leaving bloody cobblestones in their wake, they maintained their violent actions, with the sight of blood-stained steel flashing in the milieu. There was nothing else for the other constabulary to do, but march forward, and using nothing but their batons and their steel hard courage, drive the malcontents further back.

Although lives were lost on both sides, and this paper sends its condolences to anyone who has lost a family member, special praise must go to the members of the City of London Police force who will be listed below. Each of them had a family, and leaves behind loved ones and children.

Within a short hour of the first shot being fired, the shipyard was open for business once more. Lord Weston must surely have breathed a sigh of relief, as did the numerous city investors and high-ranking military officers who rely on the British Navy, as do we all!

Many inhabitants of the area were also thrilled that the so-called industrial action was complete, as they could safely return to work without fear of harassment, earning a wage to support their families, to keep bread on the table, and regain the sense of community that work gives to the less fortunate.

We can only hope that the regrettable violence will serve as a warning to those who would disrupt her August Majesty’s ability to defend the realm.

R.I.P.

Sergeant Dunstable Clarke, 43. Sergeant Martin Spector, 41. Constable Henry Roberts, 31. Constable Sally Featherington, 28. Constable Guy Matlock, 21. Constable Philip Martindale, 24. Constable Henry Miller, 25. Constable Mary Holmes, 22. Constable Fred Bosworth, 28. Constable Irving Peterson, 23. Constable Stephen Adams, 20.
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2018, 12:26:58 PM »
The London Journal

Monday, August 24th, 2105

Public Executions Debated in Parliament

The House of Commons returns to session today, with expectations of flared tempers. The Conservative Party, long held to be the law and order party, have attempted before to achieve legislation that would make public execution by hanging legal again.

The Liberals in Parliament are keen to avoid such a backwards step, citing public order concerns which second to their beliefs that it is simply immoral to make such final justice a public spectacle. Prime Minister Edward Avery Foster, Conservative, has made several impassioned speeches on the subject, but his own back benchers have been a sticking point.

They argue that a carnival atmosphere around execution, would certainly include the imbibing of alcoholic beverages, and thus risk public disorder. So many people would be expected to attend, including family members, the condemned person’s victims, and even his criminal compatriots, that tensions would be likened unto a powder keg.

Although the body would be quickly removed, to have its brain destroyed and burned, to avoid any increased chances of animate outbreaks, if an altercation was to occur at the event, any subsequent deaths would increase chance of outbreak, and being so enclosed, the threat would surely spread quickly.

With all of these safety concerns and moral issues, one must ask why any politician would want to go ahead with such a risky practice, but in today’s society, with crime running rampant, the chance for victims to see the perpetrator receive final justice, has seen this become a very popular idea among the general public, with local pressure groups lobbying their representatives.

The Tories, in an effort to make it seem more palatable, talk about job increases, with additional security being hired, plus to staff to help transport the condemned men and women. The closure it would offer to survivors of murderous rampages would also go some way to assure the populace that the Police force and the Government are functioning well enough to protect them, and see justice delivered.

Although the final vote has yet to be scheduled, we will have reporters in the gallery today, and will share the feel of the proceedings, as well as the facts of the debate, with our fine readership soon.
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2018, 03:58:40 PM »
The Times

Saturday, August 29th, 2105

Death and Destruction at the Smedlington's Manor House

Last night, when most folk were preparing for an evening in front of the fire, or already at one of the City's numerous and well appointed eateries, one or more shadowy individuals were abroad in one the more exclusive districts of London. Late evening last night, alarums were raised as smoke was seen pouring from the second floor of a well appointed manor house.

The staff remaining on hand were quick to rush to the defense of the other residents, with almost everyone escaping to safety. The oldest daughter of the house was rescued by a lady's maid, and although the son and parents were out of the house, the youngest daughter succumbed to the smoke and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Upon returning from a night of pleasure, Sir Reginald Smedlington and his wife Lady Katherine, were inconsolable. They heaped praise and promised due rewards for the staff that had rescued Angela, aged 14, but were in tears when presented with the body of their youngest, Hortencia, who was just seven years old when she passed away.

As well as promising a rich reward for any information that would lead to the capture of the arsonist, or arsonists, if more than one had worked together, they were pleased to say that there only son, Philip, aged 17, was still about on his apprenticeship, taking part in a "grand tour" of the myriad businesses that operate in London.

The Metropolitan Police were quick to the scene, and although the local Death Watch battalion stationed on the local walls had quickly brought the fire under control, severe damage was reported on both of the upper floors, and with risk of collapse, the family would be housed elsewhere until a full investigation and set of repairs could be carried out.

Initial findings seem to suggest two individual flash points for the blaze, with a home invasion being the supposed method of access. Detective Constable Briggs went on the record to say that while it was unusual for arsonists to work in pairs when setting fires for the thrill of it, if there were indeed two or more individuals involved in this crime, that there could be a different motive.

When questioned as to whether the murder of Hortencia could be a possible motive, Briggs was effusive in his mockery at such an idea, and refused to be drawn into continued conversations.

Sir Reginald, whose family own several properties in London, offered a reward of one hundred guineas for any information that led to an arrest and an execution.
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2018, 04:07:04 PM »
The Times, continued on page four

Multiple deaths at family home

Although the Metropolitan Police are not drawing any correlation to the death by smoke inhalation of Miss Hortencia Smedlington, two other deaths, only a couple of streets away, on the same night, has neighbors concerned for their safety.

Mister and Missus Hatch were found dead around midnight, as the police conducted their investigations by sending officers and constables to make enquiries with nearby residents. When they called upon the Hatch household, they report that only after sustained knocking was the door opened by Master Warren Hatch, the only child of the family, aged thirteen.

When asked about his parents, he lead the constable up to their room, inside of which was a horror show that the young lad may never recover from witnessing. Both of his parents had been brutally rent apart by many blades. Their faces, necks, and chests were covered in wounds, crisscrossing each other with ferocious abandon.

The Constable, himself a young man, was ill at the scene, and his superior officer spoke for him, describing a charnel house, with blood sprayed up against walls and even on the high ceiling and light fixtures, such was the violence of the attack.

At this time, they are looking for any witnesses, but with another investigation in place, hopes are dimming for any additional information.

Master Warren, though a minor, will look to inherit the family business; a glass blower and lens crafting warehouse that has been in the same family for several generations.
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The London Journal

Sunday, August 30th, 2105

Death of Smedlington Infant now Viewed as "Suspicious" by The Yard.

News reached us yesterday of a coroner's report that a house fire death previously believed to have been the result of smoke inhalation is now to be treated as murder by the investigating team.

Detective Sergeant Catherine Bolsover released the report in full of the only death to have occured when fire razed the first floor of the Smedlington's London property earlier in the week. Although the older daughter, Angela was rescued by a member of the house's staff while the parents were socialising, it was their youngest, Hortencia, who was thought to have succumbed to the smoke and flames.

However, last night reports laid doubt on this initial finding. The coroner was adamant in his claim, that had the young lady been alive and breathing when the fire ravaged the property, there would have been signs of smoke damage from the conflagration, and there was no trace of Phlogiston within her system at all.

Det. Bolsover made clear that this revelation would mean nothing else than that the child was dead, not merely sleeping, before the building was set alight. "Although the fire did a large amount of damage before it was brought under control, we originally concluded it was all in an effort to cover what we suspected as burglary. Now we know that poor Hortencia was not simply an accidental victim, but a target, we are reevaluating that hypothesis.

"The current thinking at the Met is that all of it, the robbery and the arson, was all done to cover for a sick and perverted mind that broke into the house of law abiding citizens and murdered an pure and innocent soul", she informed the press while giving a statement.

The Smedlington family have yet to make any further statement, their thoughts obviously weighed down with grief.
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