Claygate murder victim named by Surrey Police

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Richard Challen
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Mr Challen was the retired owner of Westlake Garages in south-west London

A retired businessman who was bludgeoned to death at his detached house in Surrey has been formally identified.

Richard Challen, 61, was found with head injuries at the property in Claygate at 1300 BST on Sunday.

Detectives continue to question a 56-year-old woman on suspicion of murder.

She was arrested on Sunday after being talked out of throwing herself off cliffs in Beachy Head, Sussex, by police officers.

Mr Challen, who was the retired owner of Westlake Garages in Richmond, south-west London, lived alone at the property in Ruxley Ridge.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Monday found he died of "severe blunt trauma" head injuries.

In a statement issued though Surrey Police, Mr Challen's family said it had been "an incredibly difficult time".

"We would like to thank the family and friends who have come forward and offered their support over the last few days," it said.

"There has been a lot of speculation as a result of our father's death which has caused us additional distress.

"We would ask that we are now left in private as we try to deal with what has happened."

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