Search

Son of Norfolk murder victim Peter Wrighton describes father as ‘mild-mannered and gentle’ man

PUBLISHED: 17:04 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 19 August 2017

Peter Wrighton, who has been named as the 83-year-old man who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, Norfolk. Picture Norfolk Constabualry.

Peter Wrighton, who has been named as the 83-year-old man who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, Norfolk. Picture Norfolk Constabualry.

The son of murdered 83-year-old dog walker Peter Wrighton has described his father as a “mild-mannered and gentle” man.

East Harling murder. Picture : ANTONY KELLYEast Harling murder. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

The body of Mr Wrighton, a married father and grandfather, from Banham, was discovered in woodland near East Harling on Saturday, August 5.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from multiple stab wounds to the neck and head.

In a statement, family members thanked the community and police for its support following his murder.

Meanwhile, Mr Wrighton’s son, who has not been named, said: “My dad was the sweetest, most mild-mannered, gentle old boy you could wish to meet.

Alexander Palmer, 23, who has been charged with the murder of Peter Wrighton. Picture Facebook.Alexander Palmer, 23, who has been charged with the murder of Peter Wrighton. Picture Facebook.

“To have him taken from us in such a way is, at the moment, too much for us to comprehend.”

A statement from Mr Wrighton’s family said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Norfolk Police and the officers from surrounding forces who have worked and continue to work tirelessly on behalf of him.

“We would also like to thank all the people who have assisted the police, it is greatly appreciated.

“We have received so many cards, flowers and kind words from those who knew Peter and it has been a great comfort to us at this time. He would have been so touched to know that so many people thought so highly of him.”

The Street in East Harling, near to the scene where Mr Wrighton was attacked, remains closed and is likely to for the coming days while the as investigation continues.

Police said searches by forensic officers in connection with the investigation were also continuing at a handful of locations including Dereham Road, Bawdeswell.

A search of a property in Freesia Way, Cringleford, was expected to come to a close on Friday.

Alexander Palmer, 23, of Freesia Way, Cringleford, who served with the British Army between 2010 and 2015, appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday (August 15), after being charged with murder.

Other news

A mother-of-three who was flown to hospital by the Duke of Cambridge on his final shift as an air ambulance pilot died of a brain injury after she was struck by a police van that was searching for her, an inquest has heard.

16:12

The extensive pursuit of a car that failed to stop in Norwich saw police rammed on the roads into South Norfolk before it ended in a search of land in Diss.

14:03

A married couple well known for their work at an animal sanctuary will be recognised for their dedication to rescuing and rehoming animals with a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

12:43

Youngsters at a Wymondham school got the chance to try their hand at the Paralympic sport of Boccia thanks to a visit from an award winning coach.

Most Read

Thursday, February 6, 2014

It was its down-at-heel aura that first attracted Polly Grieff to the crumbling Old Manor at Saham Toney.

Read more
Monday, October 8, 2018

Calls are being made for Watton’s temporary Post Office visits to be changed to market day, as it emerges a local retailer has been appointed as the new postmaster for the town.

Read more
Yesterday, 23:22

Megan Baxter is a keen gymnast, she trains 19 hours a week and has won numerous county competitions - and she is only eight-years-old.

Read more
Saturday, March 11, 2017

A company was today fined £50,000 after a man suffocated while working in a grain silo on his father’s farm.

Read more
Stephen Holt
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A new store and drive-through coffee shop may soon be built in Necton if plans are granted by Breckland Council.

Read more
Breckland Council

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 12°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy