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East Harling murder victim described as a gentle and mild mannered husband

Murder victim Peter Wrighton with one of his dogs

An 83-year-old from Banham near East Harling in Norfolk who was murdered at the weekend has been named. Peter Wrighton has been described as "a lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather.”

Mr Wrighton had worked for British Telecom for 35 years and retired to the area 30 years ago where he enjoyed living with his family and dogs.

His wife, of 59 years, and his family added

Peter was immensely kind and never had a bad word to say about anybody and people always seemed to take a liking to him.

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.

– Peter Wrighton's family
83 year old Peter Wrighton who was murdered in Norfolk at the weekend

Meanwhile police are continuing the hunt for Mr Wrighton's killer

We 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.

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.

We 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 5th August. Similarly, if you have a dash-cam or other recording devices and travelled in the area, save the footage and contact the police.

– Chief Superintendent Mike Fawcett, Norfolk Police

The increased policing presence around East Harling will be continuing throughout today and as long as is necessary. People are being asked to remain vigilant and to contact police if they see anything suspicious.

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