But on this occasion there is definitely something to celebrate. I’m sure you remember, my dears that the last time I mentioned Mr. Roach, the previous building manager here at Lavinia Court, he had been spotted by an off-duty police officer. Mr. R. was seen at Euston Station in London and then disappeared again. However, the police didn’t think that he was aware that he had been recognised and they mounted a surveillance operation.
It transpired that Mr. R made a return visit to the station and fortunately was seen by the undercover team who arrested him and took him to Paddington Green Police Station. I understand that he was held for questioning for the full twenty-four hours before being charged with several offences, and taken to court. I believe that he just needed to confirm his name and address at this stage in the proceedings.
Although his defence team requested that he be given bail, on this occasion the Judge quickly decided that he was a flight risk and remanded him in custardy. He is now residing in Belmarsh prison – I believe this is a category A prison – whilst awaiting trial.
I’m sorry that I don’t have any details about the charges against him. Obviously they must have been serious, and I have heard a whisper that his crimes went well beyond our little complex. When I have anything further to tell you about Mr. R of course I will be only too pleased to let you know.
Now, my dears, what other news do I have for you? Well, there are still many matters outstanding and these don’t seem to have made much progress towards being solved. I’m sure things are going on which I’m not aware of – but just at the moment I don’t know anything which is worth telling you.
Of course, we are having our little coffee morning today. That should be interesting. I’m all organised, and Giselle is already in the day-lounge setting out an array of delicious cakes and tarts. I really hope there is a good turn-out of residents. I will be a little peeved if they don’t bother to attend. I’m sure that Gordon is really looking forward to it! Since I told him the date and time of this wee get-together, he has been keeping his distance from me. Now that, my dears, is good news. I just hope that he continues to stay away from me, but I’m not convinced that will happen. I still haven’t been able to glean any useful knowledge about him, and I don’t know why I’m so distrustful of him. I’m sure I’ll find out in good time. It’s no use trying to push these things. I’m sure that some information will gradually emerge.
Oh yes, I nearly forgot to say that Mrs. M and I are going for coffee at the Roasted Bean tomorrow morning and we have arranged to meet a couple of residents at the library later this week. We are thinking of starting a Knit and Natter group in one of the corners of the little coffee shop that’s there. I must go and have a word with one of the library staff. I tentatively asked them whether they would object to a little group of knitters, and I felt they were quite enthusiastic. I’m not sure whether we should have a weekly or fortnightly meeting. It gets complicated as no-one wants to make any decisions. I suppose I may need to arrange it and then hope that one of the members may then be able to take over.
So that it where I’m currently up to. I know there are many other things which need to be sorted, and there are a couple of odd things happening, which I don’t really want to tell you about until I know a little more. I hope you are happy with the news I’ve been able to give you. Obviously I will update you after the coffee morning with Gordon.
Now my dears, I really should get changed and put my face on. It’s been lovely chatting to you and I hope to be back with more news in a few days. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx