Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Police investigating 'all avenues' of enquiry as witness identified — EAST HARLING MURDER

Police investigating 'all avenues' of enquiry as witness identified — EAST HARLING MURDER

Peter Wrighton, who has been named as the 83-year-old man who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, Norfolk.

The retired BT engineer's body was found in woodland three miles from the village of East Harling in Norfolk.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said the arrested man is now being held in police custody.

Senior coroner Jacqueline Lake told Norfolk Coroners' Court that Mr Wrighton had left his home in Banham, Norfolk, earlier in the morning to walk his dogs.

Mr Wrighton's last known sighting was within the Kenninghall Post Office between 10.08am and 10.12am on Saturday.

Speaking at a press conference at Norfolk Police's headquarters on Thursday, DS Smith appealed to people who may have been in the Harling Woods area. He is of athletic build with short dark wavy hair and dark eyes.

He wore a grey or blue t-shirt, grey floppy gym-style shorts above the knee and heavy duty flip flops, and was seen within the boundary of the woodland site which police are searching.

The pensioner was a much-loved father and grandfather and his death has left the local community reeling in shock
The pensioner was a much-loved father and grandfather and his death has left the local community reeling in shock

The second man is described as a white male, aged between 30 to 50-years-old, of medium build and wearing dark-coloured clothing.

He was found by another dog walker with his two small dogs unharmed nearby about 10.45am near East Harling, Norfolk. "I would ask people to remain vigilant and to contact us if they see anything suspicious". He had been out walking his dogs at the time.

More than 100 officers are now working on DS Smith described as a "large scale, complex, detailed investigation", which has included forensic analysis of the scene, house-to-house enquiries and extensive searches of the area.

Police on Saturday announced a young man from the local area has been detained in connection with the case.

Anyone with any information should call The Operation Graduate helplines on 0800 056 0944 or 0207 158 0010.

Alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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