Police investigating murder of Peter Wrighton from Banham in woodland near East Harling have received more than 100 calls from public

PUBLISHED: 15:44 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 19:10 11 August 2017

Peter Wrighton, 83, with one of his dogs. Picture Norfolk Constabulary

Peter Wrighton, 83, with one of his dogs. Picture Norfolk Constabulary


Police investigating the horrific murder of an 83-year-old dog walker close to a quiet Norfolk village have so far received more than 100 calls from the public over the past three days.

Police have named Peter Wrighton, 83, of Banham, as the victim of the East Harling murder. Picture Norfolk ConstabularyPolice have named Peter Wrighton, 83, of Banham, as the victim of the East Harling murder. Picture Norfolk Constabulary

The body of a man, who police have now named as Peter Wrighton, from Banham, was discovered by a member of the public in woodland close to the Fiveways junction, near the vllage of East Harling, on Saturday, August 5.

MORE: Police name 83-year-old Peter Wrighton from Banham as victim of brutal murder in woodland near to East Harling

A murder investigation was launched after it emerged Mr Wrighton had died from stab wounds to the neck and head.

Police have today revealed they have received more than 100 calls from the public who detectives believe hold vital clues to what happened.

Norfolk’s County Policing Commander, Chief Superintendent Mike Fawcett, said: “I would like to reassure the public that we are following several lines of enquiry and are pleased the public are supporting us in our investigation.


“We have received more than 100 calls in the last three days and we would continue to urge people with information, particularly those who were in the area between 9am and 11am, to make contact.

“I would like to ask again, that if you live within five miles of The Street please can you check your bins, gardens and outbuildings for any items which may have been discarded by a potential suspect.

“I would also request that premises or businesses within the same area with CCTV systems preserve any footage that relate to the hours of 6am until 9pm on Saturday 5th August. Similarly, if you have a dash-cam or other recording devices and travelled in the area, save the footage and contact the police.”

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He said they remained “concerned” they have not yet been able to trace the person or people responsible for Mr Wrighton’s death, but hoped the public would be reassured by the ongoing police presence in the area.

Information to police on 101, quoting Operation Graduate, or visit the mobile police station or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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