Detective Inspector Winter in his main statement described 21 William Mews as “prodigally decorated”.  I think this is a delightful phrase, combining a vision of excess with a sense  of  official disapproval.  I had not come across it before but it transpires that it is a quotation.

“The tents of the nobility were prodigally decorated with all kinds of the richest stuffs and dazzled the eye with their magnificence.” Washington Irving Conquest of Granada

How very apt. I’m not sure I’ll ever read a police report in quite the same way from now on. I wonder what Brian Howard would have made of it.

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