Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Police probing stabbing murder of dogs walker, 83, describe potential witnesses

Police probing stabbing murder of dogs walker, 83, describe potential witnesses

The South West Norfolk MP has expressed her shock at the violent death of a 83-year-old dog walker who was stabbed to death near East Harling.

The body of Peter Wrighton was found three miles south of East Harling in Norfolk on 5 August.

Detectives investigating the murder of an elderly dog walker whose body was found in woodland in Norfolk have arrested a man.

Norfolk's County Policing Commander, Chief Superintendent Mike Fawcett, said: "I would ask people to remain vigilant and to contact us if they see anything suspicious".

Wrighton had driven to the woodland in a red Skoda Fabia to walk his two dogs, a foxhound cross and a trailhound cross.

On Thursday, police released footage of Mr Wrighton shopping in a post office on the day that he died along with maps of his final movements in the hope that it would "jog memories".

He was found by a passer-by in woods - said to be used by drug gangs to do deals - near East Harling, Norfolk, close to his home in Banham.

The first man police wish to identify is a white male with a tanned complexion, aged 25 to 30-years-old, and between 5ft 9in tall and 5ft 11in tall.

His vehicle, a red Skoda Fabia, was parked close to The Street, the road close to the heathland where he was walking his dogs Dylan and Gemma. 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.

"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". He is of an athletic build with short dark wavy hair and dark eyes.

"White man, aged 30 to 50 years old, of a medium build wearing dark coloured clothing".

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.

Alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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