Dog walker Peter Wrighton 'seen arguing before death'

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2017

An 83-year-old man, who was stabbed to death while walking his dogs in a village in Norfolk, was involved in an argument shortly before he was killed, it has been reported.

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

A Home Office post mortem examination concluded he died as a result of multiple stab wounds to his neck and head. He was seen in The Street changing into a white t-shirt.

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

'People always seemed to take a liking to him. He was seen walking without a dog in the northern area of the heath.

'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.

"When we think of Peter we remember him with fond and happy memories that will stay with us always".

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

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

Detective Superintendent Andy Smith said: "We have already heard from more than 220 people but we will be exploring all avenues in our enquiries and we are still keen to hear from more".

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.

He added search teams were using metal detectors and dogs to hunt for clues, and that more than 100 officers were working on the case.

Alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone with information should phone the dedicated numbers set up to deal with calls about the incident, which are 0800 056 0944 or 0207 158 0010, quoting Operation Graduate.

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