A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a pensioner was killed in a sleepy Northamptonshire village on Wednesday afternoon.
Police rushed to the area of Blisworth Road in the village of Roade at around 4.20pm to reports that the 72-year-old victim had been assaulted.
Despite the efforts of paramedics and members of the public, the elderly man died a short time later. A Northampton man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.
Police said they wanted to speak with anyone who may have witnessed an altercation between two dog walkers prior to the killing.
Police rushed to the area of Blisworth Road in the village of Roade at around 4.20pm to reports that the 72-year-old victim had been assaulted
Detective Inspector Pete Long from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime Team, said: 'At the present time and in order to preserve best evidence, we are treating this incident as a murder investigation.
'As the public can well imagine, this is an exceptionally fast-moving investigation and a team of detectives from the Major Crime Team are working around the clock to gather all the evidence and ascertain exactly what happened here.
'I would appeal to anyone who saw what happened or who may have information about the incident to please come forward and help us.
'I am particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have witnessed an altercation between two dog walkers in the area of Hyde Road/Blisworth Road between 3.50pm and 4.20pm today.
'Specialist officers are supporting the family of the 72-year-old man at what is an extremely distressing time.'