Murdered 83yearold may have been involved in a row with a fellow dog

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It happened at the same spot where an unsolved rape happened more than 20 years ago.Police will also explore whether Mr Wrighton could have been the victim of a mistaken identity. His name is similar to that of notorious paedophile Peter Righton, who lived just 16 miles away, but died a decade ago. Mr Wrighton, described as a “lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather”, was captured on CCTV as he purchased something from a local Post Office shortly before he was killed. The third man is described as a white male, aged 30 to 50, of medium build, who wore dark-coloured clothing and was seen walking without a dog in the northern area of the heath.”These are descriptions of people that we believe were in the area, not necessarily together but we’re keen to trace them as part of our ongoing appeal to trace witnesses in the relevant area at the relevant time,” DS Smith added.He said officers were working with National Crime Agency experts on the investigation.An inquest into Mr Wrighton’s death has been opened and adjourned. An elderly man murdered as he walked his dog may have been involved in a row with a fellow dog walker, it emerged on Friday.Peter Wrighton, 83, was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head in woodland near his home in East Harling, Norfolk. There have been no arrests, and no weapon has been found.Police are now investigating reports that a witness saw two elderly men arguing in a wood on Saturday morning, shortly before the brutal killing of Mr Wrighton. Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, Norfolk Dressed in a black t shirt and grey trousers, he walked calmly through the shop before smiling as he paid for his items and left.Detectives released descriptions of three men they are keen to speak to. Detective Superintendent Andy Smith, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “This is a particularly brutal murder. Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, Norfolk Police search woodland in East Harling Police search woodland in East “We need to piece together Peter’s final movements so that we can understand what happened to him and why.”This means we want to hear from you if you know something or you know someone who has information but who is for whatever reason reluctant to come forward themselves.”He said he was a “large-scale, complex and detailed investigation” involving several strands, including forensic investigations, extensive searches, witness interviews, house-to-house inquiries, CCTV capture and review and close liaison with the victim’s family.He said officers were appealing specifically to three men who police are yet to trace as potential witnesses.The first is described as a slim white male over 50, with pale skin and grey or white hair and balding on top.He was believed to be wearing heavy-rimmed glasses and light-coloured trousers, and was seen in The Street changing into a white t-shirt.The second potential witness is a white male with a tanned complexion, aged 25 to 30, 5ft 9in to 5ft 11in, with an athletic build, short, dark wavy hair and dark eyes.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. Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, NorfolkCredit:PA Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, NorfolkCredit:PAlast_img read more