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83-year-old man stabbed to death while walking his dogs

Police in Norfolk have launched a murder investigation.

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POLICE IN NORFOLK have launched a murder inquiry after an 83-year-old man was stabbed to death while out walking his dogs.

A passer-by found the man’s body in a woodland area near Fiveways Junction in East Harling at about 10.45am on Saturday. The area has been cordoned off.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Sunday concluded that the victim died from multiple stab wounds to his neck and head.

Police have described the victim as a “family man from the local area”.

Norfolk’s County Policing Commander, Chief Superintendent Mike Fawcett, has sought to reassure local residents.

‘Brutal’

“I fully understand that residents will be shocked and concerned that a murder with this level of brutality can happen to an elderly man going about his daily business in our county.

The motive remains unclear and we are appealing for people who have noticed any unusual activity in the area recently. Those who use the woodlands and footpath regularly, especially those who were there between 9am and 11am on Saturday 5 August, are urged to contact us.

“I would like to reassure the public that dedicated teams are investigating the incident whilst uniformed officers remain on scene and in the local area to provide a visible policing presence. We have also set up mobile police station at the scene should you have further information which could assist us,” Fawcett said.

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