Friday August 15 into Saturday
The two patrol officers driving Mrs Bryce to HQ were in trouble, not just because the entire back window of their car had been smashed to smithereens and the front was rather battered, but they also because they had let the prisoner escape having not kept to the rule of securing the back seat of their car, not to mention going on a shopping trip with it instead of patrolling the area. After an acrid discussion they decided that finding Mrs Bryce had priority so they set off in different directions.
Unfortunately, the shooting drama had taken place on Thumpton Hill, so Mrs Bryce was able to escape into the thickets of Thumpton Wood. It did not take many minutes for the patrol cops to realize that a) they were out of their depth and b) they would have to tell someone. One of them phoned HQ and asked for help. It was promised and a message sent to Chief Inspector Hurley, who had just arrived.