A murder investigation opened after one of Britain’s richest men, multimillionaire Sir Richard Sutton, was found stabbed to death.
The 83-year-old was listed on the Sunday Times Rich List in 2017 and has a net worth of over £ 200 million.
He had an extensive real estate and farming portfolio including the 6,500 acre Benham Estate in West Berkshire and the Stainton Estate in Lincolnshire. He also owned a number of top hotels.
Sir Richard died of knife wounds in his £ 2 million home in Higher Langham near Gillingham, Dorset. A woman in her sixties, reportedly referred to as Sir Richard’s wife, was seriously injured in the incident and flown to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.
Police said a 34-year-old man known to the victims was arrested in the London borough of Hammersmith after a vehicle was stopped by the Met Police.
The Gillingham area suspect was later hospitalized for treatment for injuries not believed to be life threatening.
In a statement, Sir Richard Sutton Ltd said: “We are deeply saddened and devastated by the sudden death of Sir Richard Sutton announced this morning.
“Sir Richard was a caring, generous and warm family man who truly viewed those who worked for him as part of his extended family.”
The statement continued: “Sir Richard was passionate about both his business and his employees, setting the highest quality standards for hotel, farming and real estate interests within the group.
“His loss will be felt by everyone in the company, by those who have worked with him and by his family who have lost an incredible person. Our thoughts go with the Sutton family at this tragic time.”
The Dorset Police Department is appealing to anyone with information to contact the officers.
Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, who is in charge of the investigation, said: “Our thoughts go with the family of the man who sadly died during this extremely difficult time and the injured woman, and they are supported by specially trained officers.
“We are going to be conducting a full investigation to determine exactly what happened at the Higher Langham address, and I would ask anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area on the evening of April 7th to come in with us To connect.
“There will remain a cordon at the address and there will continue to be a heavy police presence nearby if we investigate.
“Officers can be approached by members of the public with information or concerns.”