Paul Beecroft, Coroner’s Investigator: It’s A Beautiful Day

Last Week In England With Paul Beecroft

My friend, Paul Beecroft, has spent a good deal of his life in law enforcement, in England. He’s worked Foot Patrol, Area Car, Instant Response Car and also as a Police Motorcyclist. He’s currently a coroner’s investigator and has traveled all over England, Wales, Scotland and even Germany to investigate crimes.

Paul is an avid falconer, and he’s a pretty darn good writer. Today he’s taken another page from one of his own notebooks to share with us. Please enjoy.

It’s A Beautiful Day

6.30 am

Early shift

Sun rising


Mist rests across the River Thames

Swans and Ducks preening

A clear blue sky

It’s a beautiful day

The town stirs

Shops open

Daily life begins



Hot sausages with brown sauce and fresh rolls


“Echo One One Over”

“Go ahead over”

“Immediate response please, S…….. Woods, start making”


“Dog walker has found a BMW motor car”

“Engine running”

“Hose pipe in exhaust”

“Ambulance contacted”

“Copied, ETA 6 to 7 minutes”

Blues and Twos on

Through busy traffic

Most moving over

Getting closer

Woods in view

Up the long hill

Through the dirt entrance

Open space of car parking area

Lone BMW


Cars skids as we stop

BMW engine still running

Doors locked


Smack on side window



Won’t Break

Partner manages his

Locks sprung

Open rear door

The smell hits

Female tumbles out

Catch her


Long hair




Freshly washed


Pull her out

My God



One boy, one girl

Pull out the girl

Partner with the boy

Mouth to mouth

Chest compressions

“Give her to me, you do the adult”

Paramedics have arrived

Move to adult

Not breathing

No pulse



No pulse

Not breathing


Second Paramedic crew arrive

Take over



Fifteen minutes

An eternity

No response


All dead


No one speaks

Three bodies

Mother, Son, Daughter

All gone


“Echo One One over”

“Go ahead over”

“Situation is…………………..”

Paul Beecroft

“I see dead people.”

5 replies
  1. Falcocop
    Falcocop says:


    Thank you, that was very kind of you. It has stayed with me for a long time as well. This actually happened some 15 years ago.

    Take care and best wishes


  2. Margaret Carroll
    Margaret Carroll says:

    Just found this entry as I was checking emails. This is beautifully written and captivating. I know it will stay with me for a long time. Loved the photo too, btw. I worked for British Airways (world’s greatest airline!) for ten wonderful years and spent a lot of time in the UK. They’re lucky to have you. Thanks for guest blogging.

  3. Falcocop
    Falcocop says:

    Hello Carla…..Blues and Twos is primarily Cop slang for Blue Lights and Two Tone Horn.(siren)

    Puzzlehouse….Yes, dealing with dead children is to my mind definately the worst. You tend to never forget them.

    Best wishes


  4. puzzlehouse
    puzzlehouse says:

    Oh, what a heartbreaker. Of all the things an investigator has to deal with, a situation involving children must be the worst.

  5. Carla
    Carla says:

    Thank you for sharing that, Paul. It’s sad enough that someone would resort to such a permanent solution to a temporary problem, but why bring the kids into it too? I’ll never understand…

    If I may ask, what does “Blues and Twos on” mean?

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