Second man arrested in Robertsbridge farm murder case

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

A second man has been arrested by police investigating the murder of a businessman at his farm in East Sussex.

The 29-year-old man from the Ashford area of Kent is being questioned in connection with the death of Julian Gardner, 53, on 11 October.

Mr Gardner suffered multiple injuries after apparently disturbing people forcing their way into outbuildings.

A 40-year-old man from Ashford arrested on 16 October has been bailed until 25 November pending further inquiries.

Burnt-out vehicles

Police believe Mr Gardner was the victim of a botched robbery at Bush Barn Farm, where he ran a business repairing agricultural machinery.

One theory is that he was crushed between two vehicles.

Mr Gardner's body was found by his business partner. He had suffered several fractures and compression injuries.

Two burnt-out vehicles were found abandoned a few miles away.

A Land Rover Defender, which belonged to Mr Gardner, was found at Cripps Corner and a Jeep Cherokee was discovered near a pond in Sandhurst, Kent.

Mr Gardner's 90-year-old widowed mother, Molly, was asleep in the main farmhouse when he was killed.

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