Police investigating 'all avenues' of enquiry as witness identified — EAST HARLING MURDER

Walks Peter with one of his dogs

Walks Peter with one of his dogs

It is understood police are investigating whether Mr Wrighton may have had a row with another man moments before he was killed.

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.

Grandfather Peter Wrighton, 83, was attacked while out walking his dogs last week, suffering multiple stab wounds to his neck and head.

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

Norfolk Police has arrested a local man, in his 20s, on suspicion of murder and he remains in custody while inquiries continue.

The victim's two dogs stayed by his body until it was found by a passer-by among thick nettles and undergrowth.

His wife of 59 years said: "Peter was immensely kind and never had a bad word to say about anybody and people always seemed to take a liking to him".

The former BT engineer was found unresponsive by a member of the public in woodland on Saturday, where he had gone to walk his dogs.

On Friday, police said they had traced one of three "vital" potential witnesses - a man in his 50s seen changing into a T-shirt - but they said they still wanted to speak to two other men.

"To do this we need to piece together Peter's final movements so that we can understand what happened to him and why".

Detective Superintendent Andy Smith, of Suffolk Police, revealed more than 220 people had been in touch to date.

He wore a grey or blue t-shirt, grey floppy gym-style shorts above the knee and heavy duty flip flops, and was seen within the boundary of the woodland site which police are searching.

"We want to help Peter's family and the people in the local area to understand what happened", he said. "I would ask people to remain vigilant and to contact us if they see anything suspicious".

Anyone with any information should call The Operation Graduate helplines on 0800 056 0944 or 0207 158 0010.

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