Episode 4

Friday, 30 January 2009, 9:00PM on ITV1

Walker pays a solo visit to the fair. Like Connor before him he gets a tarot session with Mrs Southwood. She blows him away bringing up his family situation, his lack of parenting, and he is warned that he must make decisions or there will be a tragedy.

Walker looks over the big wheel, which is still not allowed to work. He asks to check over the actual seat that broke causing the girl to fall to her death. He can see the loose bolts, and when he examines the other swing seats he’s not that sure if the big Wheel was ever safe.

Walker is walked through the ghost train and sees how the dead man had to have been propped up next to the giant spider. It is obvious to him that whoever used Pops body to create the scandal had to have known the layout and, as Pops was not a small man but over six feet, his body would possibly have been carried by two or more men into the ghost train.

Walker’s meets with Connor and her team. He is adamant that they are and should be looking at suspects working the Funfair. Anyone connected to the fair and gaining from its closure is hard to pin point, all the employees would lose out if it was closed. The property development company is legitimate and with a large project to be built on the waste ground and with building permits in place, just so long as the situation with Pops’ lease is cleared up.

Again, the obvious motive is that someone eager to sell to the property developers instigated the damage to the Big Wheel. This does not link to the Pops situation, why place his body in the Ghost train tunnel? To create more adverse publicity? Their suspicions focus on the new owners of the land because it now looks as if they have achieved what they wanted. The closure of the funfair is on the cards.

Walker suggests they investigate from a different angle. To date no one has talked to the young victim’s family, perhaps the motive they have all focused on is incorrect. They have not found anything incriminating from their interview with the developers – to the contrary they have been or appeared to be honest. They have also not met with any suspicious motives from the heir of the land, apart from losing out on a fortune if they can’t sell.

The victim is Vicky Ellis aged sixteen, a young local girl who, with her friends, frequented the fair almost nightly. The girls have not been questioned, previously as none were on the Big Wheel when the safety bar came loose. Only the young girl that survived the accident has been questioned. At the time she was still in a state of shock as she was almost killed herself.

Connor gets sketchy details that Vicky was quite sexually permissive and did hang out with the lads running the fun fair. She had been dating one guy Pavel, a Romanian immigrant who works at the fair. Pavel gives little away, just that he had dated the victim a couple of times but got sick of her hanging around every night. Asked if there was anyone else the girl might have been seeing he shrugs, and then infers that maybe they should talk to Tommy – old man Pops’ grandson – as he had a big thing for the girl.

The sad outcome is that Tommy under pressure admits that he did loosen the safety bar. Vicky had been playing him along and then laughed at him, he did not mean it ever to have such terrible consequences, he just wanted to frighten her.

Tommy had been in Pops’ trailer when the old man confronted him and accused him of messing with the big wheel. In a fit of fury when he discovered Tommy’s part in the ‘accident; he had collapsed with a heart attack.

Theresa, scared that it would all come out, and wanting to make it look as if there were other motives convinced Tommy to carry the old man to the ghost train, smash his head in and then prop him up behind the big spider, in an attempt to implicate Pavel.
Tommy is charged with the manslaughter of Vicky, Theresa with perverting the course of justice. The fun fair closes.

Satchell gets a visit from his Auntie and it isn’t not a pleasant one. She always suspected Tommy, but could never admit it to anyone, least of all Pops, who she has been in a sort of on-off relationship with for years. She wants the best barristers money can buy for Tommy and she has the cash to pay for it. Pops wasn’t the great man everyone thought he was, he’d taken fifty thousand pounds in cash to quit the lease for the fairground. It was always going to close… he just didn’t know how to tell everyone that he was pulling out.

The Trial of Tommy Henshall and the defence go for manslaughter. Prosecution try for murder – as a fifteen-year-old he will get time in a young offender’s prison.

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