EAST HARLING MURDER: Inquest opened on victim Peter Wrighton

Alain Brian
Août 11, 2017

The inquest was adjourned for review on December 14 2017.

The 83-year-old was found dead some six miles from his home village of Banham between Attleborough and Thetford.

Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, Norfolk.

Wearing a black t-shirt and grey pants, footage released by Norfolk Constabulary shows him walking slowly towards the till to buy a few small items before heading on his way.

"He was found unresponsive by a member of the public on a footway at Harling Woods".

Peter Wrighton, 83, was filmed visiting a Post Office on Saturday shortly before he was stabbed to death in remote woodlands in East Harling, Norfolk.

Chief Superintendant Mike Fawcett said: "Dedicated teams are investigating this incident".

Detectives want to trace two more potential witnesses, who are both men. Were you in the area at the time?

They paid tribute to his "kind nature" and his "love of walking his dogs and chatting with people to pass the time of day".

The first is described as a slim white male over 50, with pale skin and grey or white hair and balding on top. It is believed he was wearing heavy rimmed glasses and light coloured pants.

He said one of the three men, who was seen changing into a T-shirt in The Street, had been identified and would be spoken to by officers.

The second potential witness is a white male with a tanned complexion, aged 25 to 30, 5ft 9in to 5ft 11in, with an athletic build, short, dark wavy hair and dark eyes. 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.

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

"This could include dog walkers, runners and ramblers".

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.

"We want to help Peter's family and the people in the local area to understand what happened", he said. This was a particularly brutal murder.

"We need to speak to anyone who has recently visitor and/or frequents the area where Peter's body was found".

"This means we want to hear from you if you know something or you know someone who has information but who is for whatever reason reluctant to come forward themselves".

"As part of our comprehensive enquiries, we are now in a position to appeal directly to a number of people who may be able to provide us with information that could be vital".

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