“Here’s the binoculars,” said Sandy handing them to Tompkins, “they’re over there near the boat house.”

“I’ve located them,” said Tompkins, whose eyes had become used to the light, “and well, I don’t believe it. It’s old Ingram from the Metropolitan Police with a henchman for company. I sometimes wonder, Sandy, whether the boys in blue are on our side.”

“It is hard to tell, you’re right, Tomcat,” replied Sandy smiling at his friend’s opinion, forthrightly expressed as usual.

“I wonder if Spiffy Wiffy is around – he usually waits in the car for something to happen.”

“I doubt that, Tomcat, I’m sure he was heading up to Shropshire to stay with my uncle and aunt in Ludlow.”

“The damned impertinence of Ingram to come nosing around here, when his superior officer is away, how dare he do that?”

“I say, Tomcat, do you reckon someone tipped him off?”

“I hope not, Sandy, because that means we have a traitor in our midst, and that person wouldn’t like to meet me if that was the case. But wait a moment, shiver me timbers, they’re not the ones I spied earlier, who were nosing around the junction, I wonder where they are? Scan around with these,” said Tompkins handing the binoculars back to Sandy, “and I will have a scout around at the back.”

“Good idea, Tomcat,” replied Sandy, “I will give 5 coos if I spot anything.”

“Sounds wonderful,” said Tompkins. He leapt off the verandah and ran around to the back of the house quicker than an Olympic sprinter.

Tompkins crouched down and looked along the horizon to spot movement in the dunes or along the shoreline. He scanned the scene for two minutes as the mist wafted around and then, when it became clear for a few seconds, he thought the moonlight reflect off something in the dunes. Someone was using a telescope to watch the house. Tompkins gave 5 coos and then waited for his pals to arrive. He put on his gloves.

His four friends soon arrived. The GOM had vacated the premises and returned to London. The mist was clearing and Tompkins pointed out the exact location of the watcher. He held up three fingers and indicated Toppy, Terry, and Sandy should head by the shore, whilst Dapper Dan and Topcat headed over the dunes. This pincer movement should trap the watcher.

Tompkins scampered ahead and was soon behind the man, who was lying in the sand. Dapper Dan was soon there. An owl’s hoot showed the other three were in place. Tompkins returned two owl hoots and after ten seconds the five men converged on the watcher, who was taken completely by surprise.