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Wells-Burr family start paper petition over weekend in Chard
THE family of murder victim Catherine Wells-Burr will take their campaign to stop two of her Polish killers returning home to Downing Street.
Her mother Jayne, father Philip and sister Leanne have been touched by how many people have signed an online petition they set up calling for Rafal Nowak and Anna Lagwinowicz not to be transferred to prison in Poland.
The pair, along with Tadevsz Dmytryszyn, were each sentenced to a minimum 32-year jail term after being convicted last year but could be eligible for parole after 25 years should the transfer happen.
Almost 6,000 people have shown their support online at epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/59301 but the family were keen to reach people who might not have email accounts.
They stationed themselves at the entrance to Tesco in Chard over the weekend and were overwhelmed 1,022 shoppers signed the paper petition.
Mrs Wells-Burr said: “It was very busy. Lots of people came up and spoke to us, saying they couldn’t believe what’s happening and that they had admiration for us.
“There was also a lady who bought flowers for me – I don’t know her name but that really touched my heart.
“Thank you to everyone for the massive support over the weekend. There is a huge strength of feeling.
“We would also like to say thank-you to the staff at Tesco from the bottom of our hearts. They kept giving us coffee, tea, rolls and they just went above and beyond.
“We are now doing the paper petition as well as the online one because we don’t want people who want to sign it to miss out.”
Copies are available at Westland Leisure Complex in Yeovil, nine forecourts across Somerset, Dorset and Gloucestershire after a garage chain employee distributed them around her company, and the family is looking into putting some at the Guildhall and B&Q in Chard.
The Wells-Burrs plan to deliver the completed petition to the Prime Minister’s residence when they go to London for the start of Dmytryszyn’s appeal hearing – a date for which is still to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, the final decision on Nowak and Lagwinowicz’s transfer rests with Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, who has not yet been in touch with the family.
Mrs Wells-Burr added: “It helps that people are behind us and we feel quite good about that but the ultimate decision still lies in London with the Justice Secretary. I just hope they listen to us.”
In addition to the petitions the family is working on submitting a formal objection against the transfer.
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