Man arrested over murder of Norfolk dog walker in woodland

Norfolk Police have arrested a man in his 20s on suspicion of murdering Peter Wrighton 83

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

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

A witness went to police saying that two elderly men had been seen arguing in the woodland shortly before Mr Wrighton was killed, the Daily Mail reported.

Detective Superintendent Andy Smith, who is overseeing the investigation, said: "This, as you will appreciate is a large-scale, complex and detailed investigation which involves a number of strands".

He was believed to be wearing heavy-rimmed glasses and light-coloured pants, and was seen in The Street changing into a white t-shirt.

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.

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

"White man with a tanned complexion, aged 25-30 years, between 5'9" and 5'11" tall. His dogs, Dylan and Gemma, were found close by. 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. He is described as being of athletic build with short dark wavy hair and dark eyes.

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

Norfolk Police has also released a poster appealing for information.

Police on Saturday announced a young man from the local area has been detained in connection with the case. He had been out walking his dogs at the time.

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.

A police statement said: "Inquiries are continuing regarding the incident and detectives ask that anyone with information should contact Norfolk police immediately".

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