Norwich police climb three peaks

It started out as a lads weekend away for six special police constables – but instead they ended up climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales.

But instead they ended up climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales.

As the city centre officers were travelling back from Luton after attending an rally through the town, they were talking about how they could fundraise for Help for Heroes, the armed forces charity, regularly supported by Norfolk Constabulary. Gary Owen, 36, one of the special police constables from Dereham, said they thought it fitting that the two ideas came together: the group of colleagues go away on a trip, and raise cash for a worthwhile cause.

He said: 'I come from a military background and know service men and women in the armed forces so I thought it would be a great thing to do.'

The team, Piers Wilton, Special Constable Craig George, Special Sergeant James Cotton, Special Constable Eric Richardson, Special Sergeant Ben Miles completed the trek in 26 hours, with the help of their driver James Wearing – raising almost �2,000. Mr Wearing, 25, said: 'Even though I didn't do the climb I thought if I can help in any way I can, I will.'

Mr Wilton, who lives in the city centre, 34, has completed the challenge twice now.

He said: 'It was really hard work, but we have had lots of support behind us.'

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