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Buddy scheme launched for dog walkers near site of murder

A buddy scheme for dog walkers has been launched near the site of a murder in Norfolk

A community shaken after an elderly man was knifed to death in woodland is launching a dog walking buddy scheme to enable people to feel safe again.

The body of 83-year-old grandfather Peter Wrighton, who had been walking his two dogs, was found in woodland near the village of East Harling, in Norfolk, in August.

He had been repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head. Mr Wrighton's family are supporting the launch of the scheme.

It is also being backed by police and the local parish council, with a launch meeting being held in the village next week.

Pc Amy Lucas said:

Community spirit is vitally important and we hope, by using one of Peter's loves, the spirit will return.

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 and the meeting will be well attended.

– PC Amy Lucas, Norfolk Police

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