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Title: Broadchurch: Sins Of The Father

Date of commencement: September 22 2013

Date of completion: December 24 2014

Series: Broadchurch, a sequel to the original, and following on from Life Without Joe

Rating: M

Authors: tkel_paris and tardis_mole

Summary: Two years after Danny's death, life is slowly getting back to normal in Broadchurch. But Hardy's happy life is about to be turned upside down by a spectre from the past he had hoped had been laid to rest. Someone from his past wants to talk to him, someone wants revenge, someone wants to see him ruined. But it's not one 'someone'. But first, he must face the girl in his garden.

Disclaimer: We own nothing, but this is based on Broadchurch by Chris Chibnal, with added clues from the novel by Erin Kelly. We gain nor financial benefit nor gratuities, only the enjoyment from writing and working together on this epic journey, shared for the enjoyment of others.

Dedication: Chris Chibnal, long time friend. bas_math_girl, for her beta. And each other for hopefully not ruining each other's lives for too long during the writing part.

Warning: If you have not watched Broadchurch in its entirety, do not read this. We mean it. You will be spoiled. Stop and go back. Now. Ideally you have seen the entire show, not just what was aired on BBC America if you live on that side of the pond, but this is understandable in either case. Also, if you have not read tardis_mole's Life Without Joe, that's okay. It's possible to read this without reading that, if you're not on Moley's approved list. You'll probably find this makes a little more sense if you have read it, but you should be fine without it. Take the time to read Erin Kelly’s novelization, if you can, as it provided certain details that helped with writing this. Though you won’t need to rely on it.

Authors' Notes: See Episode One, Part One. They're a bit long to include in each post.



Episode Seven. Part Four: Statement To The Press

“Good morning.”

Hardy thought that was a good start. Nice and Professional, but not overbearing. The voice of calm, but not too detached. Inside, his emotions were roiling. His son was ill, his daughter had been raped and his ex-wife was a murderer. And yet, he had to be professional, calm and detached. He would rather have gone for overbearing and just roared at the camera pointed at him. But that would never do. He had a job to do.

He was shaking.

He felt the worried gaze of the Chief Superintendent on him from his left. He had known for some time that they would give him back the reins of the case, but he felt like a usurper. He felt as if Ellie should be sitting here. She had done all the work. She had cleared his name. She had solved the case. She had made the arrests.

And they were putting this on live broadcast. Filmed in front of nearly the whole town. He had better make this good. He knew even the most professional manner would not prevent some of the listeners from crying or feeling devastated or any number of emotions. It was human nature. He would speak over as much of it as he could. Even if the emotions were his own.

“I’m DI Hardy of Broadchurch CID. On behalf of Wessex police, thank you for coming to this press release. On behalf of all the officers involved in this inquiry I would like to thank the Foreign Office, the Metropolitan Police, the local businesses and members of the public for their support and their help in bringing this case to its current level. This has been a harrowing, long and difficult ordeal for the families and friends of the victims and I thank them for their patience and diligence. Never before have our officers had to work with such a traumatic case spanning language, culture and international boundaries, and I commend them all for their outstanding perseverance and their unflinching and unfailing duty to justice and public safety in getting the result we all hoped for in a timely manner.

“The need for secrecy up to this point was absolutely vital in bringing charges on the right suspects. If even a whisper had been made public before now, we may never have been able to make arrests, nor found the reasons behind the vile and horrific crimes that have been committed in our town.

“Several people have been questioned with regard to the murders of three young girls in Broadchurch, and all but two of them have been released without charge. We believe we now have the persons responsible, but we do ask for the public to come forward if they have not already done so to share with us any information they have on the events of July and August this year. I cannot stress enough that any insignificant detail to you may be of vital importance to us in piecing together the chain of events that led to and followed the deaths of three innocent girls. By request of the families, their names have been withheld. We ask the Press to respect that request and leave them and their friends alone to grieve with dignity.

“A body of a young girl was found at 8:15 am on 17th of July this year in the front garden of a property in the Finch Lane area of Broadchurch, but we can now confirm that victim was likely to have been abducted some time during the previous evening from the vicinity of a bus stop on the High Street at or shortly after 8pm. We are still asking anyone who was in those areas between 7pm of the 16th and 8am on the 17th to please come forward with information so they may be eliminated from the inquiry, and that we can piece together the victim’s movements. They may hold vital witness evidence, even if they may not be aware of it. The girl is of pale complexion, blue eyed and has light coloured hair and around 16 years of age, wearing pink leggings and a pink vest-style top.

“While still at the scene, officers were made aware of an attack on another young girl in the High Street area. We believe she was a guest at the Trader’s Hotel and was abducted from that location and left mortally wounded on nearby disused land. She died at the scene with police officers in attendance and paramedics who attempted to safe her. This victim was a foreign national. Again, the identity of the girl has not been made public and we would urge the Press to contain their zeal in manufacturing details for their readers, and remind them that their amateur sleuthing and bullying tactics are not welcome by the police or the families of the victims.

“A third victim was found in undergrowth to the rear of Hillside Crescent on 22nd of July this year at 7:28am. Police would still like to speak to several guests, joggers and cyclists who were in the area at the time. Again, the unhelpful articles printed in the national press waylaid our officers in identifying the victim and informing the family in a timely manner. Several families were tipped off by reporters that the girl was their daughter, causing unnecessary confusion and untold distress.

“Because of this interference, it took us some time to realise the links and red herrings of all three murders, leading one to be downgraded to accidental death. This case began as two separate murder inquiries, but which were merged into one for a time. By the time of the third death we realised we were, in fact, looking at two separate murder inquiries, plus a third connected case that has initiated an inquiry and further arrests in south London, involving several more victims. The Broadchurch murder cases will now be handed to the Crown Prosecution Service as two cases, while the third case is still being investigated. This third case, is based in Sandbrook in Croydon and involves kidnapping, false imprisonment, child pornography and grooming.

“For that case, we believe we have all the suspects in custody, but we know there may be people who knew about the activities in and around Mitcham Common and the streets to the north and east. We would like them to come forward, or anyone who knows those involved to come forward with information as soon as possible. If you believe your child or a child of someone you know may be involved, speak to officers at your local police station as soon as possible.

“We would like to make our stance absolutely clear. Reprisals and vigilante behaviour will not be tolerated. Let us do our jobs without having to deal with unruly or violent offences against members of the public or the police. Whenever children are involved it is a distressing situation, and our officers have been performing the delicate task of sifting through reams of information and evidence. It is a difficult job, but Broadchurch and Sandbrook officers have performed above and beyond the call of duty to catch the people involved.

“We would again ask the public to be on the look out for any person acting suspiciously and to inform the police. The person or persons we are still looking for could be armed and dangerous. We would ask that women and girls not change their habits or business, but be aware of who is around you, especially if you are going out alone. We will catch the persons responsible. We have increased the number of foot patrols in both locations and we would ask the public to remain calm.

“We are still looking for an item of clothing as yet unaccounted for; a light blue, flower-print, skirt with a German label, Joop. If you have seen this item, or know where it is, please do not touch it or manipulate it in any way, but inform the police immediately. It is of extreme importance that we find this item as it holds vital forensic evidence. Also, we are still looking for an epi-pen, last seen in the area of Hillside Crescent in Broadchurch. It is similar to the one being shown on your screens now, used by both diabetics and those with severe allergies. We believe the item has no lid. If you see it, do not touch it, but contact the police immediately.

“I would also like to clear up the matter of police involvement in the aforementioned crimes. Despite a gagging order in place, certain broadsheets have broken silence and publicised erroneous and insinuating articles implicating members of Wessex Police in the murders in Broadchurch and the associated cases. I would like to make our position very clear that at no time was any officer of this force questioned, arrested or charged with any crime connected to this or any other murder. The officers affected by these claims are being advised on legal action for libel, should they wish to take it.

Our phone lines are still open and our work will continue. Thank you for coming. That is all.”


To be continued...

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