The story relates to how one night of poaching on the Northumbrian Moors, by two of Alnwick’s most notorious poachers, on the 7t” February 1879 resulted in the creation of two Acts of Parliament, a Queen’s Royal Pardon and the eventual creation of the Criminal Court of Appeal.
It is proof that fact does transcend fiction. It tells of the desperate times when poverty and child mortality were the norm. How the ducal town of Alnwick and two of its satellite villages, Edlingham and Eglingham became embroiled with police corruption, wrongful arrests and shootings after two local men committed a seemingly innocuous burglary which sadly went wrong.
The Home Secretary declared on 26′” December 1888 “.. the circumstances elicited were most singular and unprecedented …”
Paul’s motivation for writing the short factual story?
“Well, quite ashamedly I have to admit that one of the perpetrators who unintentionally transformed the law of the land, much of which is still relevant today, was my great, great grandfather’s younger brother, Charlie”