Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

East Harling murder: Man held over Peter Wrighton stabbing

East Harling murder: Man held over Peter Wrighton stabbing

A man has been arrested over the fatal stabbing of an 83-year-old dog walker in Norfolk woods, police said.

The retired BT worker, who was described by his family as a "lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather", was found in woodland near his home in East Harling, Norfolk.

Mr Wrighton's body was found near to Fiveways Junction at about 10:45 BST.

Police appealed to three men yesterday who were seen in different areas close to the murder scene.

The father of two was attacked in woodland and suffered "multiple wounds" including to his head and neck.

The local man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday morning and was being held in custody.

■ White man with a tanned complexion, aged 25 to 30 years old, between 5ft 9in and 5ft 11in tall.

He was found by another dog walker with his two small dogs unharmed nearby about 10.45am near East Harling, Norfolk. He is of athletic build with short dark wavy hair and dark eyes. It is believed he was wearing a grey or blue t-shirt and grey floppy gym style shorts above the knee and heavy duty flip flops.

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

DS Andy Smith, from Norfolk Police, said they have not been declared suspects and are people officers have not been able to trace, yet might have vital information.

"We want to talk to you if you have seen Peter walk his dogs in that area or nearby in recent months or weeks but in particular on the day Peter's body was found, Saturday August 5".

"We know that Peter's family and the people of the local area want to understand and we want to help them to do that".

Norfolk Police has also released a poster appealing for information.

Officers have already received more than 100 calls and are pursuing several lines of inquiry.

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