Man arrested on suspicion of murder after 83-year-old dog walker found dead in woods
Peter Wrighton, 83, from Banham, was found dead in woodland near East Harling last Saturday. (Picture: PA)

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an 83-year-old grandfather who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs. 

CCTV shows final moments of elderly dog walker brutally stabbed to death

Peter Wrighton, 83, from Banham, was found dead in woodland near East Harling last Saturday.

A post mortem examination concluded the 83-year-old died as a result of multiple stab wounds to his neck and head.

A man, aged in his 20s, has since been arrested this morning on suspicion of murder and is currently being held in police custody.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after 83-year-old dog walker found dead in woods
Peter had been walking his dogs last Saturday (Picture: SWNS)
Man arrested on suspicion of murder after 83-year-old dog walker found dead in woods
CCTV footage showed Peter buying goods at a local shop on the day of his murder. (Picture: PA)

Earlier this week, detectives released CCTV footage of the last known sighting of Mr Wrighton, a retired BT engineer, in Kenninghall Post Office between 10.08am and 10.12am on Saturday.

The 83-year-old was seen driving his red Skoda Fabia car to The Street, close to the woodland where he walked his dogs Dylan and Gemma.

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

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Man arrested on suspicion of murder after 83-year-old dog walker found dead in woods
The 83-year-old was seen driving his red Skoda Fabia car to The Street, close to the woodland where his body was later found (Picture: PA)

A manhunt, involving more than 100 officers, was launched on Sunday after the post-mortem found he had died from ‘incised’ wounds.

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His distraught wife of 59 years, Ann, who identified her husband’s body on Tuesday, said Peter was a ‘lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather’.

His family also paid tribute to the 83-year-old’s ‘love of walking his dogs and chatting with people to pass the time of day’.

A spokesman for the family said: ‘Peter was immensely kind and never had a bad word to say about anybody and people always seemed to take a liking to him.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after 83-year-old dog walker found dead in woods
A post mortem examination concluded the 83-year-old died as a result of multiple stab wounds to his neck and head. (Picture: PA)

‘We are extremely thankful for all the people who have come forward to speak with the police and hope we will soon be able to understand why this has happened.

‘When we think of Peter we remember him with with fond and happy memories that will stay with us always.’

Enquiries are continuing regarding the incident and detectives are urging anyone with information to contact Norfolk Police immediately on on 0800 056 0944 or 0207 158 0010, quoting Operation Graduate.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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