Police ‘exploring all avenues’ in East Harling murder investigation

East Harling murder. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

East Harling murder. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Police investigating the murder of Peter Wrighton in East Harling have said they are “exploring all avenues” into how he died.

The aerial map pf the East Harling crime scene issued by police. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY

The aerial map pf the East Harling crime scene issued by police. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: Archant

The 83-year-old’s body was found at 10.45am on Saturday August, 5 in woodland near to the five ways junction in East Harling.

But officers have said they haven’t ruled out any possibilities as part of its investigation.

Detective superintendent Andy Smith said: “We have already heard from more than 220 people but we will be exploring all avenues in our enquiries and we are still keen to hear from more.

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

CCTV of Peter Wrighton, who was brutally killed in East Harling at the weekend. Picture: NORFOLK CON

CCTV of Peter Wrighton, who was brutally killed in East Harling at the weekend. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: Archant

READ MORE: Police issue CCTV of Peter Wrighton visiting shopOne of the men is white with a tanned complexion, aged 25-30 years and between 5ft 9in and 5ft 11in tall.

He was of an athletic build with short dark wavy hair and dark eyes.

It is believed he was wearing a grey or blue T-shirt and grey floppy gym style shorts above the knee and heavy duty flip flops.

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He was seen within the boundary marked on the map in red.

Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, Norfolk. Pictur

Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, Norfolk. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: PA

The second man was white, aged 30-50 years old, of a medium build and wearing dark coloured clothing.

He was seen walking without a dog in the northern area of the heath.

Det sup Smith added: “We know there will be other key witnesses, for instance the man who was changing his top in previous appeals has been identified and will be spoken to in due course.

“This goes to show how important our appeals are and there will be more people we need to speak to in the coming days.

Peter Wrighton, 83, who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs near East Harling in Norfolk

Peter Wrighton, 83, who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs near East Harling in Norfolk. Picture: Norfolk Police/PA Wire - Credit: PA

“We will also be appealing to them directly for information to help us in this investigation.

“These descriptions will be published on our social media channels, website and through the media.”

READ MORE: Police name murdered dog-walker as 83-year-old Peter WrightonThe dog walker’s last known sighting was at Kenninghall post Office between 10.08am and 10.12am on Saturday, but officers are still keen to hear from anyone who saw him either before or after that time.

His car, 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.

Officers are also keen to hear from delivery drivers who may have been in the area on Saturday and may have important dash cam footage.

Det sup Smith added: “The breadth of investigation is far reaching and involves numerous strands.

“Our main lines of enquiry include forensic investigations, extensive searches, witness interviews, house to house liaison, CCTV enquiries and close liaison with Peter’s family.”

“The family liaison officers (FLOs) assigned to this investigation work closely with the family, who are partners in the investigation, to offer both support and to assist in the investigation.

“FLOs offer support to the family around the clock, giving advice and guidance.

“A team of police search advisors are leading a number of searches at the scene.

“The search area is considerable and the search team are using a range of detection techniques and methods including use of metal detectors and dogs.

“It has been fingertip level searches in key areas to ensure all available evidence is identified and recovered.”

Forensic examinations are still underway with specialists supporting officers.

READ MORE: East Harling murder, what we know so farNorfolk’s county policing commander, chief superintendent Mike Fawcett, said: “This is a significant murder investigation for the constabulary.

“As such we now have over 100 officers and staff working on this enquiry with specialist officers from the National Crime Agency and other forces and partners offering assistance.

“We have also been using our drone to take images of the scene.

“I can assure local residents that our presence will remain in the area for the foreseeable future and I hope this provides local communities with confidence that we are here to support and protect them.”

Anyone with information about the murder or any suspicious activity 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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