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Police arrest Norfolk man over murder of elderly dog walker

The Guardian logo The Guardian 12/08/2017 Nicola Slawson
Peter Wrighton was a retired BT worker from Banham. © PA Peter Wrighton was a retired BT worker from Banham.

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

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

Peter Wrighton, a retired BT worker from Banham who was married with two children, died of multiple stab wounds to his head and neck. He had been out walking his dogs at the time.

His body was found by a member of the public in woodland near East Harling on the morning of 5 August. Police described his murder as a “brutal knife attack”.

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

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

On Friday, police released CCTV footage of the last known sighting of Wrighton before he was killed.


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