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Villages twin by tragedy

PUBLISHED: 19:28 20 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

THE horrific discovery of Vicky's body on September 24 immediately twinned in tragedy the two small

communities of Creeting St Peter and Trimley St Mary.

THE horrific discovery of Vicky's body on September 24 immediately twinned in tragedy the two small

communities of Creeting St Peter and Trimley St Mary.

Speaking on behalf of Creeting St Peter as its parish council chairman, Graham Stephenson told of the horror that the two-year ordeal the Vicky Hall case had brought to the hamlet where her naked body was found beside a bridleway in a water-filled ditch.

With a population of just 240, the grim find sent shockwaves through the entire community and memories that many will find it hard ever to shake off, he said. "Everyone here will remember that day. One of our villagers found the body and he has now sadly moved away," he added.

That man was dog-walker Jim Armour, a retired nurse, who neighbours say can still barely talk about the

harrowing sight that greeted him on that Friday, five days after Vicky went missing.

At a press conference called six days after the teenager had been found, he fought back tears as he described how his Lurcher dog Holly began growling at something in the ditch and wouldn't back away.

"It was awful," he said of the moment that changed his life forever. "I wish

someone else had found her."

But he spoke too of the disbelief and the shock that descended on the entire

community of Creeting St Peter, adding: "It's a terrible thing to happen."

The man responsible for her death, he said, was "a monster who must be caught as soon as possible".

He vowed that the village will forever remember the

17-year-old whose young life was so cruelly cut short – so that the community may move on but never forget.

He added that there has been preliminary talk of putting up some kind of

memorial to Vicky Hall.

"We would like to plant a tree or something." Hamlet is scarred by grim discovery

THE horrific discovery of Vicky's body on September 24 immediately twinned in tragedy the two small

communities of Creeting St Peter and Trimley St Mary.

Speaking on behalf of Creeting St Peter as its parish council chairman, Graham Stephenson told of the horror that the two-year ordeal the Vicky Hall case had brought to the hamlet where her naked body was found beside a bridleway in a water-filled ditch.

With a population of just 240, the grim find sent shockwaves through the entire community and memories that many will find it hard ever to shake off, he said. "Everyone here will remember that day. One of our villagers found the body and he has now sadly moved away," he added.

That man was dog-walker Jim Armour, a retired nurse, who neighbours say can still barely talk about the

harrowing sight that greeted him on that Friday, five days after Vicky went missing.

At a press conference called six days after the teenager had been found, he fought back tears as he described how his Lurcher dog Holly began growling at something in the ditch and wouldn't back away.

"It was awful," he said of the moment that changed his life forever. "I wish

someone else had found her."

But he spoke too of the disbelief and the shock that descended on the entire

community of Creeting St Peter, adding: "It's a terrible thing to happen."

The man responsible for her death, he said, was "a monster who must be caught as soon as possible".

He vowed that the village will forever remember the

17-year-old whose young life was so cruelly cut short – so that the community may move on but never forget.

He added that there has been preliminary talk of putting up some kind of

memorial to Vicky Hall.

"We would like to plant a tree or something."

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