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East Harling, Norfolk. 24 June 2018 .Communities of East Harling set out from Gate 79, along the Gasthorpe Road to launch a dog walking buddy scheme in response to the killing of Peter Wrighton in August 2017. ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (2690642)
East Harling, Norfolk. 24 June 2018 .Communities of East Harling set out from Gate 79, along the Gasthorpe Road to launch a dog walking buddy scheme in response to the killing of Peter Wrighton in August 2017. ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (2690642)

Communities in East Harling were united on Sunday as a new dog walking buddy scheme was launched.

At 11am, residents and supporters took part in the walk from Gasthorpe Road, where a commemorative bench was unveiled for the late Peter Wrighton.

Mr Wrighton, from Banham, was murdered last year while walking the heath in East Harling with his two dogs.

East Harling, Norfolk. 24 June 2018 .Communities of East Harling set out from Gate 79, along the Gasthorpe Road to launch a dog walking buddy scheme in response to the killing of Peter Wrighton in August 2017. Andrew Wrighton with his late fathers dog Dillan. ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (2690634)
East Harling, Norfolk. 24 June 2018 .Communities of East Harling set out from Gate 79, along the Gasthorpe Road to launch a dog walking buddy scheme in response to the killing of Peter Wrighton in August 2017. Andrew Wrighton with his late fathers dog Dillan. ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (2690634)

Engagement officer Pc Amy Lucas said: “The murder of Peter had a significant impact on East Harling.

“This is a way for the community to feel safe and take control of a situation where they may have felt powerless.

“Hopefully, this scheme will provide a positive outcome to such a sad crime.”

Kate Filby, Clerk to Harling Parish Council, said: "We fully support any new groups that actively involve our community and help to promote a positive community spirit.

"East Harling is a busy and thriving village full of wonderful groups run by volunteers offering support to the elderly, disabled and lonely along with popular ‘Mardles', Scout Group ,Karate and Athletics club and much more.

"This new dog walking group will be very well received by East Harling and its neighbouring villages as a new way to enjoy the beautiful woodlands that surround our village whilst making new friends along the way.”



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