Thursday, 19 October, 2017

EAST HARLING MURDER: Inquest opened on victim Peter Wrighton

Norfolk Police have arrested a man in his 20s on suspicion of murdering Peter Wrighton 83 Norfolk Police have arrested a man in his 20s on suspicion of murdering Peter Wrighton 83
Melinda Barton | 12 August, 2017, 16:13

An inquest into Mr Wrighton's death has been opened and adjourned, and the medical cause of death was recorded as "incised wounds to the neck".

Detective Superintendent Andy Smith said: "This is a complex investigation and we are pursuing many leads".

His auto, a red Skoda Fabia, was parked close to The Street, the road close to the heathland where he was walking his dogs Dylan and Gemma.

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

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.

"We want to talk to you if you have seen Peter walk his dogs in that area or nearby in recent months or weeks but in particular on the day Peter's body was found, Saturday August 5".

Police press conference for the East Harling murder. Police described his murder as a "brutal knife attack".

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

"These people are: White man, aged over 50, of a slim build with pale skin with grey or white hair which is balding on top".

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.

The first man police wish to identify is a white male with a tanned complexion, aged 25 to 30-years-old, and between 5ft 9in tall and 5ft 11in tall. He is of athletic build with short dark wavy hair and dark eyes.

"In particular we want to be called by or about two different men who were seen in different areas close to the murder scene".

He appealed for anyone who had CCTV or dash-cam footage of the area to come forward.

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