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Dedicated phone numbers set up for information relating to Peter Wrighton’s murder in East Harling

PUBLISHED: 18:36 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 10 August 2017

The scene of a murder in East Harling, Norfolk. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

The scene of a murder in East Harling, Norfolk. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

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Police investigating the brutal murder of an 83-year-old dog walker near Thetford have set up two dedicated phone numbers for people to report information as their hunt for the killer continues.

Mike Fawcett speaks at a press conference about the murder. Picture: ANTONY KELLY Mike Fawcett speaks at a press conference about the murder. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Anyone who can help with the investigation into Peter Wrighton’s death are urged to call 0800 056 0944 or 0207 158 0010, which are being manned by communications officers from Norfolk Constabulary and neighbouring forces.

Chief Superintendent Mike Fawcett said police were “concerned” that they had yet to find the person or people responsible for taking Mr Wrighton’s life.

The initial call to police was made at around 10.45am on Saturday, August 5 after the body of a man was discovered in woodland at East Harling, near the Fiveways Junction.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Wrighton had suffered multiple stab wounds to the neck and head.

Peter Wrighton, who has been named as the 83-year-old man who was stabbed to death. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY/PA WIRE Peter Wrighton, who has been named as the 83-year-old man who was stabbed to death. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY/PA WIRE

• Tributes paid to Peter Wrighton

Mr Fawcett, Norfolk’s County Policing Commander, added: “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, August 5. Similarly, if you have a dash-cam or other recording devices and travelled in the area, save the footage and contact the police.

“We remain concerned that we have not yet been able to trace the person or people responsible for Peter’s death. I hope residents will take some reassurance from the increased policing presence today which will be continuing throughout the evening and as long as is necessary, but I am aware that this incident will be causing some to worry. I would ask people to remain vigilant and to contact us if they see anything suspicious.”

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