Antique dealer theory in East Yorkshire murder probe

Police at Whisker Cottage, Full Sutton
Image caption The date of the man's death at Whisker Cottage remained unclear, said Humberside Police

A man found dead in a cottage in East Yorkshire was the owner of the property who worked as an antiques dealer, police believe.

The man was discovered with head injuries by police at Whisker Cottage, Full Sutton, on 7 February.

While no formal identification has yet been possible, police believe he could be the property's 56-year-old owner.

His profession may be a "significant" factor in a motive for his murder, police said.

A post-mortem examination found he died of head injuries.

The man is believed to have visited auction houses throughout Yorkshire, said Humberside Police.

The date of the man's death was still unclear, police said. They are interested in determining if any activity had taken place at Whisker Cottage between the end of December and 7 February.

Police have appealed for witnesses and anyone who may have information about the man to come forward.

A formal identification is expected to take place in the next few days.

Meanwhile specially trained officers are liaising with the family of the property owner.

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