When Constable Nick of Aidensfield retired from the Force, he was asked to advise the monks of Maddleskirk Abbey and its adjoining College about security. He suggested a small private police force of monks who would patrol in police uniform. With help from retired Sergeant Blaketon and ex-PC Alf Ventress, along with some practical input from Claude Jeremiah Greengrass, they trained the monkstables under the leadership of Prior Tuck.
But their litter-busting skills, car parking abilities and marshalling of visitors were set aside when a murdered man was found in a stone coffin in the crypt. Now they had to be real police officers as well as becoming detectives.
A murder team led by Detective Chief Superintendent ‘Nabber’ Napier
found themselves using the expertise and knowledge of the monkstables
particularly when an important pupil disappeared. And who was the sinister sculptor
who fled as the pressure intensified to find the killer and the missing boy?
Nicholas Rhea tells us, ‘Both York Minster and Salisbury Cathedral have their own private police forces who work with professional police officers when necessary. It seemed logical to create a small unit of trained constables to patrol a living abbey that is open to the public, especially as some of monks in my local abbey are trained fire officers who wear uniforms when tackling blazes.’