Police say suspect arrested for murder after 80-year-old aristocrat was pronounced dead

Sir Richard Sutton, who owns hotels on Park Lane including the Athenaeum and Sheraton Grand, was attacked at his home in Higher Langham, near Gillingham

The father of two and a woman in her sixties were stabbed in the incident

Sir Richard, who was 80, was pronounced dead shortly after as the woman was flown to Southmead Hospital in Bristol where she remains in critical condition

A 34-year-old man has been arrested in London’s Hammersmith district on suspicion of murder after a vehicle was pulled over by Metropolitan Police

The suspect, who is also from the Gillingham area, was then taken to hospital for treatment for injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening

In a statement, Sir Richard’s company said it was “deeply saddened and devastated” by his sudden death

“Sir Richard was a caring, generous and warm family man who genuinely regarded those who worked for him as part of his extended family

“Sir Richard was passionately dedicated to both his company and his employees, setting the highest quality standards in hotels, agriculture and real estate interests within the group

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

Sir Richard owned thousands of acres of land across the country, including estates in Lincolnshire, Dorset and Aberdeenshire, as well as properties and hotels in Mayfair and Soho, central London

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Sir Richard, who succeeded as the 9th Baronet Sutton of Norwood Park in 1981, was worth around £ 301million in May 2020, placing him 435th on the Sunday Times rich list

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our hearts are with the family of the man who sadly passed away and the injured woman at this extremely difficult time and they are supported by specially trained agents

“We will conduct a full investigation to establish exactly what happened at Higher Langham’s address, and I ask anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area on the evening of April 7th. to contact us

“A cordon remains in place at the address and there will always be a strong police presence in the area as we investigate

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