Shropshire

Third man arrested over robbery in Shropshire

Richard Barnfather
Image caption Richard Barnfather and his partner were tied up and threatened by masked men in March

A third man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Shropshire which saw a couple tied up and beaten in their home.

Richard Barnfather, 48, and his partner Deborah Leadbetter, 37, were attacked by three masked men at their home in Lower Rudge on 9 March.

The couple were held at gunpoint while jewellery and cars were stolen.

A 48-year-old man was arrested at Great Hampton Street, Wolverhampton, at about 11:20 BST.

£14,000 reward

Police said the arrest followed a joint operation involving about 12 officers from the West Mercia and West Midlands forces.

Last month 21-year-old Nathan McDonald, of Merridale Street, Wolverhampton, was charged with robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

He is due to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court on 11 June.

A 17-year-old arrested in Wolverhampton on 27 April remains on police bail pending further inquiries.

A £14,000 reward remains on offer for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offenders.

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