By Barry Maitland
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They could hear Brock’s voice barking impatiently through his open door. ’ He waved them to seats when he saw them, phone held to his ear, talking to Bren Gurney, one of the other DIs in Brock’s team. ‘Well tell them, Bren. ’ They sat. Brock’s office was more of a mess than usual, files everywhere, resistant to Dot’s attempts to keep things tidy. Brock rammed down the phone. ‘I turn my back for ten minutes . . ’ Kathy quickly summarised the ground they had covered, then went on to the next steps, which would involve much more manpower.
Sundeep was having a panic attack. ‘All right. I’ll check our sources. ’ ‘Not much. Age mid-twenties. I understand the hospital hasn’t been able to trace her next of kin yet. They say she was a student. ’ He indicated a number of bagged items on the bench against the wall. ’ ‘In the London Library—you know it? Just off Piccadilly. Apparently she’s a regular there. They say she just returned from a lunch break and collapsed. ’ ‘That depends on the concentration of the dose. She could have been feeling ill for hours, or it might have been more rapid, something in her lunch.
Three more detectives as a start, she thought, plus one additional to work with the City of Westminster police to organise the teams of uniforms, plus an Action Manager, Exhibits Officer and Statement Reader, plus a Rainbow Coordinator for the CCTV stuff. When she was finished, Brock said, ‘You’re right, that is what you need, plus someone to press your suit, because the media are going to be very interested in this one. But unfortunately I haven’t got anyone. No one at all. It’s just you and Pip, Kathy, I’m sorry.