Inquest opened on victim Peter Wrighton — EAST HARLING MURDER

Peter Wrighton who has been named as the 83-year-old man who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling Norfolk

Peter Wrighton who has been named as the 83-year-old man who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling Norfolk

In one of the last moments of his life, Peter Wrighton was seen on CCTV buying a few small items from a village shop - going about his ordinary life as anyone would do.

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

Murder detectives investigating the death of an 83-year-old man fatally stabbed while walking his two dogs have released descriptions of three potential witnesses who they are keen to trace.

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.

His body was found by a member of the public at 10.46am.

More than 100 police officers and staff are now involved in trying to track down the killer who brutally stabbed Peter Wrighton in Norfolk woodland.

The details of the three people, who were not necessarily seen together, came from witnesses in the area at the time.

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 that he was wearing heavy-rimmed glasses and light coloured pants.

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.

CCTV image of Peter Wrighton at Kenninghall Post Office
CCTV image of Peter Wrighton at Kenninghall Post Office

"White man with a tanned complexion, aged 25-30 years, between 5'9" and 5'11" tall.

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.

The third man is described as a white male, aged between 30 to 50-years-old, of medium build and wearing dark-coloured clothing. He was seen walking without a dog in the northern area of the heath.

"We know that Peter's family and the people of the local area want to understand and we want to help them to do that". This was a particularly brutal murder and to do this, we need to piece together Peter's final movements to understand what happened to him and why.

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

The main question from many in the community is why the culprit would attack an innocent, elderly man so viciously.

He said: "We remain concerned that we have not yet been able to trace the person or people responsible for Peter's death".

He also said the force would not go into details about Mr Wrighton's injuries for operational reasons.

Anyone with any information should call the "Operation Graduate" helplines on 0800 056 0944 or 0207 158 0010. Alternatively, those with information can isit the mobile police station or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.

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