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East Harling murder: Woodland where dog walker was stabbed to death has 'reputation for drug dealings'

A dog walker has told ITV News Anglia that the woodland in Norfolk where an elderly man was stabbed to death over the weekend has a reputation for being a drug-dealing hotspot.

The body of the 83-year-old victim was discovered in woods at East Harling near Thetford on Saturday morning.

It's since been revealed he'd been stabbed repeatedly in the head and neck.

News of the man's death has caused a great sense of shock in the local community, although 73-year-old Terry Ransom, who walks his dog through the woods on a regular basis, says that drugs gangs often use the area as a meeting point.

There's always people hovering about and hiding in the woods - people picking up packages.

There's been cars pulling up alongside each other, passing across drugs from one to the other, and it's rife in this whole area really.

– Terry Ransom, local dog walker

Mr Ransom is one of several local residents who have come up to the cordon near the murder scene to inform officers about suspected dealings in the woods.

Police have been quick to point out that they don't yet know the motive for the attack, but have confirmed they're investigating all lines of enquiry.

The attack happened on Saturday morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Local farmer Andrew Cowper says that he too has seen suspicious activity in the area over the years and thinks that people take advantage of the tranquil surroundings.

"Because it is so quiet, people can come out here and enjoy the quiet," he said.

"Quite what they do when they're enjoying the quiet is frankly up to them. I've been farming here for the last nine years and I've been in the area for the last 18 years.

"It is quiet, it has changed, because the country's changed. Whether it's drugs or anything suspicious like that though, I'm not sure."

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