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Properties searched and new witnesses identified one week into Norfolk murder investigation

Graham Stothard was in East Harling as police carried out their anniversary checks. Watch his report above.

Police have been given more time to question a man arrested over the brutal stabbing of a pensioner in Norfolk - having spoken to more than 700 people at the scene of the attack.

Peter Wrighton, of Banham, was found dead in woodland near East Harling on Saturday August 5.

Today (Sunday), police have been searching properties at various locations in Norfolk linked to their investigation.

Yesterday morning, one week on from his death, detectives arrested a man in his 20s on suspicion of murder.

A superintendent has agreed the suspect can be detained for a further 12 hours before a charge needs to be made, he needs to be released, or permission is sought from the courts to keep him in custody.

Police were stopping cars close to the murder scene on Saturday. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Yesterday (Saturday August 13), police carried out anniversary checks along The Street close to where Mr Wrighton's body was found.

They spoke to more than 700 people and have continued to take dozens of calls from the public with information they believe could help the investigation.

Det Supt Andy Smith said police had been able to identify new witnesses.

Forensic teams in the woodland. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

"We have also been able to obtain extra dash cam footage which will be downloaded to assist in our enquiries.

"Again, I would like to stress how important the public have been in helping us to identify potentially key witnesses who were seen in different areas close to the murder scene on Saturday 5 August.

"We are still keen to hear from any members of the pubic who were in this area on the relevant day and who have yet to speak to us."

– Det Supt Andy Smith, Norfolk Police.

There are more than 100 police officers working on the murder investigation, looking at CCTV, making house-to-house enquiries and carrying out forensic searches both at the woodland and elsewhere in the county.

Police on horseback have been offering reassurance to people in the nearby village. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

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