chapter  2
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The police kept a wary distance from the village, and disputes were settled among the villagers themselves: ‘. . . there was no fetching the police, no messing about - they’d have you in the pit . . . or outside the Chequers’.166 Physical strength was admired, and fights, so far from being something to be ashamed of, were eagerly followed - a ‘real good punch up’, according to older villagers, could go on for as long as two hours.167