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Last chance for footpath walkers

PUBLISHED: 20:05 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 14:33 14 July 2010

A landowner has decided to give people another chance to enjoy using a private riverside footpath closed last month after marauding dogs killed

two lambs.

A landowner has decided to give people another chance to enjoy using a private riverside footpath closed last month after marauding dogs killed

two lambs.

Roger Meadows took action because people were ignoring signs at the site beside the River Tiffey at Wymondham asking that dogs be kept on a lead at all times.

He said: “I have been away for the last week so I contacted the shepherd to get his thoughts about opening up the path; he has had a few reported sightings of people breaking the notices.

“I have contacted the Defra office and informed them that the concessionary path will be opened this weekend.”

The path from Frogs Hall Lane to the bridge over the River Tiffey is a popular route for walkers

and dog owners, and the land has been in Mr Meadow's family for generations.

“Everyone I have spoken to and those who have commented through the local press have all been in favour of the action I took. I would like to thank them for their support,” he added.

“The fact that we require the dogs to be kept on a lead, with notices at the entrance and exit of the path, is for the protection of wildlife - it just so happens that I allow grazing of the sheep.

“I hope that all dog owners will now abide by the notices, but if they do not then the path on both sides of the River Tiffey could be lost for ever.

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