Elderly dog-walker found stabbed to death with multiple wounds in woodland

Walks Peter with one of his dogs

Murder detectives believe a member of the public could hold a "vital clue" in their investigation after an 83-year-old man was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs.

A major police hunt is now underway for the killer, who left his victim's blood-soaked body in the woods in East Harling, Norfolk.

Police investigating the "brutal" stabbing of an elderly man in Norfolk woodland have asked local residents to check their bins as they continue to search for the murder weapon.

A worker at East Harling Post Office, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "You don't like that sort of thing happening on your doorstep - it's worrying".

"At the time it may have seemed insignificant, but please contact my officers and let us decide if it's relevant or not".

Motorists travelling in the area between 6am and 9pm that day have also been asked to provide any dashcam footage they captured.

The victim was described as 5ft 7in (1.68m) with grey hair and glasses.

A 9-year-old foxhound and a 13-year-old trail hound cross dog belonging to victim were recovered at the scene and are both safe and well.

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He was wearing blue/grey pants, a black t-shirt and brown walking boots at the time he was killed.

He died from multiple stab wounds to his neck and head, a post-mortem examination showed.

Norfolk's County Police Commander Chief Superintendent Mike Fawcett sought to reassure residents.

Asked if police believe the victim knew his attacker, Mr Fawcett said he did not now have any information to suggest this.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police immediately on 101, quoting Operation Graduate, visit the mobile police station or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

East Harling Parish Council vice chairman Elizabeth Mould said the village was a close-knit community and many people went to the same woodland to walk their dogs.

Councillor Matthew Hustler said the village was "a wonderful place to live with low crime rates". "Everybody's just looking around and there's police cars going through every five minutes".

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