Three held over Robertsbridge farm murder in Sussex

Julian Gardner
Image caption Police believe Julian Gardner was killed during a burglary that went wrong

A 17-year-old boy is among three people arrested by detectives investigating the murder of a a businessman at his Sussex farm, police have said.

Julian Gardner was killed last October after apparently disturbing intruders at his farm near Robertsbridge.

Sussex Police said the teenager, from Tunbridge Wells, was being questioned by detectives in custody.

Two other Kent men, a 56-year-old from Sandhurst and a 41-year-old from Ashford, have been re-arrested.

'Complex investigation'

Police believe Mr Gardner, 53, was attacked when he disturbed intruders at Bush Barn Farm farm near Robertsbridge in the early hours of 11 October.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Gardner, who ran an agricultural and car repair business, suffered multiple injuries.

Property stolen from the farm included a computer, vehicle parts, spray guns, tyres, wheels, drills and chainsaws.

A total of 13 people have been arrested by detectives in connection with the inquiry.

One of those held, a 31-year-old woman from Ashford, has been told she faces no further action.

Det Ch Insp Nick May said: "These arrests are part of a long-running and complex investigation into the tragic death of Julian Gardner."

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