Man, 23, charged with murder — EAST HARLING MURDER

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2017

An Army cadet has been charged with the murder of a pensioner, who was stabbed while walking his dogs.

Mr Wrighton, from Banham, had been stabbed in his neck and head - with his body found near the Fiverways Junction, three miles south of East Harling.

Alexander Palmer, 23, Dereham Road, Bawdeswell, has now been charged with the murder of the granddad.

The body of Peter Wrighton was found in heathland near East Harling, in Norfolk, on 5 August.

Palmer has been remanded in custody and will appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court for his first hearing at 10am this morning.

He said around 100 police officers are still working in the area and urged anyone with information to come forward. "We are also searching and forensically examining a number of locations which are linked to the ongoing investigation and you may see officers in other parts of the county".

The retired BT engineer had been walking his dogs Gemma and Dylan when he was attacked.

His wife of 59 years, Ann Wrighton, said: "Peter was immensely kind and never had a bad word to say about anybody and people always seemed to take a liking to him".

Anyone with more information on the case should contact Norfolk Police on 0800 056 0944 or 0207 158 0010, quoting Operation Graduate.

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