Seventh arrest in Sussex farm murder inquiry

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

A seventh person has been arrested on suspicion of murdering businessman Julian Gardner at his East Sussex farm.

Police had already arrested and bailed five men, four from Kent and one from north Wales, and a woman from Kent.

On Thursday, detectives arrested a 22-year-old Tunbridge Wells man who is currently being questioned.

Mr Gardner, 53, died on 11 October from multiple injuries after apparently disturbing thieves in outbuildings at his Robertsbridge farm.

Sussex Police also revealed on Friday that a 30-year-old Ashford woman was also arrested and bailed in October on suspicion of assisting an offender.

'Botched burglary'

Det Ch Insp Adam Hibbert said: "The latest arrest is part of a complex and ongoing investigation and I cannot discount further arrests being made in the future."

He said detectives were still appealing for anyone with information about Mr Gardner's death to come forward.

Police believe Mr Gardner was the victim of a botched burglary at Bush Barn Farm where he ran an agricultural and car repair business.

It is thought he disturbed an unknown number of people forcing entry to outbuildings in the early hours.

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.

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