Sir Richard Sutton murder probe launched as tribute paid to Lincolnshire landowner

A murder investigation opened after one of Britain’s richest men, multimillionaire Sir Richard Sutton, who owned land in Lincolnshire, was found stabbed to death.

Sir Richard Sutton, who owned a number of top London hotels, died in an incident on property near Gillingham, Dorset.

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.

Dorset police said a man in his eighties was fatally stabbed Wednesday night on property in Higher Langham.

A woman in her sixties, who was 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.

Sir Richard was one of the UK’s richest people and was listed on the Sunday Times Rich List in 2017 with a fortune of over £ 200 million.

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.

“Sir Richard was passionate about both his company and his employees, setting the highest quality standards for hotel, agricultural and real estate interests within the group.

“His loss will be felt by everyone in the company, those who have worked with him and his family who have lost an incredible person. Our thoughts go with the Sutton family at this tragic time. “

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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 are with the family of the man who sadly died during this extremely difficult time and the injured woman, and they are assisted 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 contact us To put in touch.

“A cordon will remain attached to 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.”

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