T is for trickster


As TV's Monocled Mutineer, Percy Toplis was hailed as a working-class hero standing up to abusive military discipline.  But the real Toplis was a petty criminal and deserter who ended up killing a taxi driver involved in a black market petrol racket.  On the run from the police, and in disguise, he was spotted near Plumpton, on the Carlisle to Penrith road, and shot dead as he fled. 

The fugitive returns to Penrith for the Beneath the Beacon exhibition.