Arrest made by detectives investigating the alleged murder of Peter Wrighton, 83, near East Harling

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

Police have named Peter Wrighton, 83, of Banham, as the victim of the East Harling murder. Picture Norfolk Constabulary - Credit: Archant

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering 83-year-old Peter Wrighton.

The man, in his 20s, was arrested this morning by detectives probing the death of Mr Wrighton, whose body was found in woodland near East Harling a week ago today.

Police said the man they have taken into custody is from the local area.

A Home Office post mortem examination concluded Mr Wrighton, from Banham, died as a result of multiple stab wounds to his neck and head.

He was describing by family as “a lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather”.

They said he had a “kind nature” and spoke of his “love of walking dogs and chatting with people to pass the time of day”.

Inquiries are continuing. Anyone with information should contact Norfolk police immediately on 0800 056 0944 or 0207 158 0010, quoting “Operation Graduate”, visit the mobile police station or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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They can also visit the mobile police station or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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