Roadblock at Rothbury
++ BBC Press Release ++
After a long period of relative calm, Durham and Northumberland has finally seen the spectre of conflict. At a remote roadblock near Rothbury in Coquetdale four policemen were slightly injured in a skirmish with a band of brigands and thugs. These desperados have been erroneously reported as members of the illegal 'Northumberland Freedom Association', but they were actually simple criminals probably related to the traitorous Chopwell Communists. Eight of the brigands were killed at the scene, and the remaining four were arrested quickly thereafter.
Local councillor David Thubron said, 'this was a localised incident of brigandage, probably Communist inspired, and the police quickly quelled the trouble. I can assure the public that the criminals have been brought to swift justice'.
So, here at Durham Wargames Group we had our first little skirmish in this Very British Civil War!
A small police unit led by constable Alan Taylor were acting on intelligence that a smuggler was running guns up to the Northumbrian Freedom Fighters.
The police were supported by a group of Auxiliaries led by James MacAvoy. MacAvoy and Taylor hate each other however, and trouble between them has been brewing for weeks.
Sneaking in from the north come the Northumbrians, ready to ambush the Police roadblock and let their smuggler contact through...
They set up a lethal firing line from cover, and open fire, cutting down the roadblock officers in short order.
As the bullets start flying, Harry East (an innocent civilian) panics and races away from the roadblock...Only to run into the Auxiliaries as they race to the aid of the roadblock. they open fire, causing Harry to crash...
They pull him from the wreckage where he's arrested and handcuffed.
Meanwhile Constable Taylor stops the smuggler and pulls him from the van amid fierce Northumbrian gunfire.
He cuffs and drags the smuggler into cover.
Meanwhile MacAvoy sneaks up behind the hated Constable Taylor, and seeing his moment in the midst of the gunfight, empties his revolver at Taylor...missing with every shot.
The two wrestle, before MacAvoy pistol-whips Taylor unconscious...
Meanwhile, the Northumbrians approach and beat MacAvoy unconscious. They kinap him and later tie him to a telegraph pole in Rothbury, with a sign round his neck reading 'attacked a policeman'...
Freed by his friends, the smuggler escapes with the auxiliaries shooting in vain to try and stop him...
The Northumbrians got away but had to leave the gun shipment behind.
- Steve Hardy and Malcolm Gordon, DWG