‘Goodnight!’ he called, from far down the lane.
And that was the last that anyone in Salcott St Mary ever saw of Leslie Searle. Forty-eight hours later Alan Grant stepped back into the affairs of the Trimmings household.
And with that the main plot has been set in motion. It appears that Leslie Searle doesn't have a lot friends in Salcott St Mary. He's genuinely disliked by almost everyone.