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Tributes continue to pour in for East Harling murder victim Peter Wrighton

PUBLISHED: 12:40 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:43 10 August 2017

Peter Wrighton, 83, of Banham, whose body was found in East Harling.  Picture Norfolk Constabulary

Peter Wrighton, 83, of Banham, whose body was found in East Harling. Picture Norfolk Constabulary

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Heartfelt tributes have continued to pour in for a man murdered while walking his dogs in Norfolk woodlands.

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

Peter Wrighton, 83, from Banham, was stabbed multiple times in the head and neck during the attack.

His body was discovered in East Harling woodlands on Saturday, August 5 and a murder investigation launched earlier this week.

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Alastair Baker, from Bressingham Steam and Gardens - where Mr Wrighton volunteered - said: “Peter Wrighton is warmly remembered by many of the staff and volunteers at Bressingham. Peter began at Bressingham in 1990 and guarded the trains for hundreds of thousands of our visitors over his years here.

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

“Peter was one of the staff who used to train new guards here at Bressingham, so was often one of the first people new members of staff would spend time with.

“The whole Bressingham family from now and the past is utterly shocked and saddened by the horrendous way such a kind and giving, gentle gentleman left us.

“All our thoughts are with his family, who must be devastated at this time.”

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Graham Hancey, 54, who has lived in the area all his life and whose family own a farm nearby to Mr Wrighton’s home said: “I didn’t know him vey well but his house was built on our land.

“I used to see him in his garden when I was working in the fields. He used to wave at me. He used to walk his dogs and my partner who has dogs spoke to him.

“I spoke to him once about cutting down trees that he needed cutting down. I think he was a very quiet, private person and very polite.

“We saw the police down there a few days ago and thought it might be him.”

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