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

Peter Wrighton

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

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

Officers detained the suspect this morning and he is being held in custody.

Elizabeth Truss said: "I am deeply shocked and saddened by reports of the death of local man in woodland near East Harling".

Peter Wrighton, 83, of Banham, whose body was found in East Harling.

But a Home Office post-mortem examination later found the grandfather had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck.

Yesterday CCTV footage of the victim was revealed showing him purchasing items in a Post Office half an hour before his body was found.

Peter Wrighton who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs
Peter Wrighton who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs

"These are descriptions of people that we believe were in the area, not necessarily together but we're keen to trace them as part of our ongoing appeal to trace witnesses in the relevant area at the relevant time", said DS Smith. Police described his murder as a "brutal knife attack". We are extremely thankful for all the people who have come forward to speak with the police and hope we will soon be able to understand why this has happened, ' the family said.

The first is a white male, aged over 50, of slim build with pale skin, heavy dimmed glasses and white coloured pants.

One is aged 25 to 30, with tanned skin, was was wearing a grey or blue t-shirt, grey gym shorts and heavy-duty flip flops.

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

He added: 'Inquiries are continuing regarding the incident and detectives ask that anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police immediately'.

They can also visit the mobile police station or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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