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You are going to read an extract from a novel in which two police officers arrive at a crime scene. Six sentences have been removed from the article. For questions 37 – 42, choose the correct sentence and move it into the gap. There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use.
The Vase Attack
‘There’s no sign of a forced entry,’ said Detective Inspector Sherwood, as he pushed open the door with a big black boot, ‘so the victim must have let the attacker in. What do you reckon, guv?’
Sherwood turned around to his boss, but she was still metres behind him in the front garden. Detective Chief Inspector Cassidy was bending down with her hands in the wet grass, and something silver suddenly flashed in the sun.
‘Have you found something?’ Sherwood asked, walking over.
‘Just a button, which could be something or nothing,’ said Cassidy, dropping it into an evidence bag. ‘Come on, let’s have a look inside.’
Cassidy observed that Sherwood was right, and there was no sign of a disturbance here. In a cabinet to the left everything was neatly in its place: a collection of cat statues, some bowls with painted flowers, and a photograph of a girl at the beach, laughing as her hair blew in front of her eyes.
‘Granddaughter?’ asked Sherwood, pointing at the photo.
‘Daughter, more likely,’ said Cassidy, ‘because that was taken years ago. Look at the hairstyle. ’
The pair came through to the living room, where the attack had happened. Two scene-of-crime officers were already there, standing in front of the fireplace on a thick rug and talking together in low voices. They stopped when they saw the newcomers.
With a small cough, the first officer said, ‘We think this is the location of the fall.’
‘Well, she didn’t fall, did she?’ said Cassidy impatiently. ‘Somebody knocked her over – we just need to find out who, and why. I don’t suppose you have any ideas?’
‘There’s blood on the carpet,’ volunteered the second officer, stepping back to reveal several red spots, ‘but until we send a sample to the lab we don’t know whose it is. ’
Cassidy’s eyes moved to a brown stone pot, lying on its side under a coffee table and also dotted with red. It must have weighed several kilos.
‘If that was used as a weapon then Mrs Stewart is lucky to be alive.’
‘Any word from the hospital yet?’ Sherwood asked. ‘Have they said when we’ll be able to interview Mrs Sherwood?’
Cassidy shook her head. She didn’t have much hope of getting useful information from the old woman, who was in her eighties and according to a neighbour, rather easily confused.
‘There’s something else you should see in the kitchen,’ said the first scene-of-crime officer, gesturing for Cassidy and Sherwood to follow him in, ‘and we think it’s a bit odd. We would expect the attacker’s feet to be facing in the direction of the living room, and the victim’s to be facing backwards as she tried to get away from him. But it’s actually the other way round; Mrs Stewart walked forwards into the living room with the man in front of her. So…the vase might not have been used in the way you’d first think.’
There were a few moments of silence as the two detectives processed this information.
‘Wait, let me get this right,’ said Sherwood, rubbing his forehead. ‘Are you saying what I think you’re saying? That Mrs Stewart was the one who held the vase?’
- The two of them walked into the hall, which smelled of dogs and umbrellas.
- There’s also this vase, which we suspect was used as a weapon.
- Sherwood will come back later to collect the evidence, so make sure you leave everything in the place you find it.
- You can see on the floor that there are male and female footprints.
- My mum used to have hers cut like that back in the day.
- In fact, Cassidy thought, she might leave that thankless task to Sherwood.
- The two scene-of-crime officers exchanged private looks, which confused and annoyed Detective Chief Inspector Cassidy in equal measure.