Dog show in honour of killed police officer rearranged

THE date of a dog show in memory of a police dog handler who was killed while on duty in Bulwell has been rearranged.

The Ged Walker Dog Show, which takes place at West Park, Long Eaton, was to have been held on Sunday August 5

But Erewash Borough Council decided that the ground was too wet to use safely after heavy rain.

The show, which will be the ninth, is now to be held at the same venue on Sunday September 9.

Pc Walker (pictured) died in hospital in January 2003 from injuries he received two days earlier while trying to stop a stolen taxi on St Albans Road, Bulwell.

A memorial to the officer, who worked for Nottinghamshire Police’s dog section, has been placed near the scene of the tragedy.

The dog show organiser, Janet Wesley, said: “In view of much hard work which went into organising the show, we did not want to leave it until another year.

“A new date was arranged quickly and everyone pullled out all the stops to make sure they would be available.”

Proceeds from the show will be for Pc Walker’s family and for the families of two soldiers in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps who were killed in Afghanistan.

Lance-Corporal Liam Tasker (26) and his sniffer dog, Theo, were killed in March last year and Lance-Corporal Kenneth Rowe died in July 2008 alongside his dog, Sasha.

Some of the money raised will also be for the Help For Heroes charity. To enter the show, call Janet on 0115 8462031.