A SUSPECT was arrested in a swoop 100 miles from a country mansion where a hotelier worth £300 million was stabbed to death.

Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, one of Britain’s richest men, was fatally attacked while his wife Anne Schreiber, 65, also suffered knife wounds and was left in a “critical” condition in hospital.

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Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, 83, was attacked inside his £2million home in Dorset last night
Police swooped to arrest the suspect on Chiswick High Road on Wednesday Night

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Police swooped to arrest the suspect on Chiswick High Road on Wednesday Night
Cops rushed to Sir Richard's home in Higher Langham, near Gillingham, Dorset, after the fatal stabbing

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Cops rushed to Sir Richard’s home in Higher Langham, near Gillingham, Dorset, after the fatal stabbingCredit: Graham Hunt/BNPS
Police arrested a 34-year-old man in Hammersmith on Wednesday night after a Range Rover drove across four counties

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Police arrested a 34-year-old man in Hammersmith on Wednesday night after a Range Rover drove across four countiesCredit: LNP

Three hours after the shocking killing in Dorset, police deployed a dramatic “hard stop” 100 miles away in West London to pull over a Range Rover it had been tracking across five counties.  

A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and police later confirmed he was known to the victim.

The Sun understands he was living with the couple.

He was taken to hospital with injuries which were not believed to be life-threatening.

‘ABSOLUTE TRAGEDY’

Sir Richard, a baronet described as “a charming country gentleman”,   owned a huge portfolio of property across the country, including two Park Lane hotels.

A woman who worked for Sir Richard Sutton Limited told The Sun: “What’s happened is worse than anything on Midsomer Murders.  It’s an absolute tragedy.”

On Wednesday evening police dashed to their estate in the tiny hamlet of Higher Langham, near Gillingham, Dorset, after a call from a concerned member of the public.

They found Sir Richard with fatal knife wounds and he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

His Danish second wife Anne, a physiotherapist,  was airlifted to the Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

Sir Richard's wife, Anne Schreiber, was named locally as the victim who was injured in the stabbing

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Sir Richard’s wife, Anne Schreiber, was named locally as the victim who was injured in the stabbingCredit: INS
An eyewitness saw the suspect being arrested by armed cops on Chiswick High Road

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An eyewitness saw the suspect being arrested by armed cops on Chiswick High Road

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Meanwhile, the suspect had fled in a Range Rover, triggering a police operation involving six forces.  

The car was tracked after it left Dorset then sped across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey.

Helicopters were also scrambled as the car made its way at high speed towards London.

A team of crack SCO19 firearms officers in an armed response vehicle then moved in on it at 10.30pm in Hammersmith.

They swung in front of the Range Rover, forcing it to stop.

Officers ripped open the driver’s door and pulled him from the vehicle. They then had to carry out immediate first-aid on him as an ambulance was called.

The Met Police said: “When they approached the vehicle, officers discovered that the lone male occupant had sustained a number of serious injuries.”

Dramatic pictures also showed serious damage to vehicles and a knife on the ground next to a pair of boots and jeans.

Dorset Police said the man was known to the mega-wealthy victims.

He was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.  

Local residents said Sir Richard was 'a private person' who didn't engage much with the tiny community of around 200

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Local residents said Sir Richard was ‘a private person’ who didn’t engage much with the tiny community of around 200Credit: pixel8000
Cops were seen jumping on top of a car before arresting the man, who appeared to be injured, a neighbour said

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Cops were seen jumping on top of a car before arresting the man, who appeared to be injured, a neighbour saidCredit: Jam Press
The suspect was pulled out of the car after officers surrounded him, a witness said

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The suspect was pulled out of the car after officers surrounded him, a witness saidCredit: Jam Press
Photos showed a knife and discarded clothes after the car crashed in Chiswick

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Photos showed a knife and discarded clothes after the car crashed in ChiswickCredit: LNP

An eyewitness, Maureen Kane, 50, who was at home when the incident occurred, claims up to 40 “armed” police officers swarmed the area.

Maureen said: “I just heard a loud screech of cars swerving and then crash sounds.

“Then I looked out of my window and saw lots of armed police jumping on top of a car and aiming guns at a man and all around his car.

“He was a white male in his 30s and seemed to be injured – it looked pretty bad – but I’m not sure if he was injured in a crash.

“He was naked as they ripped his clothes off and pulled him out of the car.

I looked out of my window and saw lots of armed police jumping on top of a car and aiming guns at a man and all around his car

Maureen Kane

“I was scared as I thought it was a terrorist and there were so many police officer with guns.

“About 10 policemen surrounded him until an ambulance arrived.”

Paramedics attempted to treat the man for about half an hour before taking him to the hospital.

Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, 9th Baronet, was head of the Sutton family, owning around 7,000 acres of land in Dorset, Berkshire, London, Lincolnshire and Aberdeenshire.

He inherited his title and estate in 1981 and was 435th on the Sunday Times’ Rich List.

He was arrested after being stopped by police around 10.30pm

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He was arrested after being stopped by police around 10.30pmCredit: LNP
Armed cops swooped as the suspect was arrested in West London

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Armed cops swooped as the suspect was arrested in West LondonCredit: LNP
Forensic officers were seen combing the ground close to where the suspect was arrested last night in Chiswick

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Forensic officers were seen combing the ground close to where the suspect was arrested last night in ChiswickCredit: LNP
Armed cops were pictured at the scene of the arrest on Wednesday night

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Armed cops were pictured at the scene of the arrest on Wednesday nightCredit: LNP
Sir Richard has owned a string of luxury hotels, including the five-star Sheraton Grand on London's Park Lane

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Sir Richard has owned a string of luxury hotels, including the five-star Sheraton Grand on London’s Park LaneCredit: Alamy
The millionaire hotelier also owns the Athenaeum Hotel on Park Lane

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The millionaire hotelier also owns the Athenaeum Hotel on Park LaneCredit: Jeffrey Blackler
Police officers at a cordon near the entrance to Moorhill today

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Police officers at a cordon near the entrance to Moorhill todayCredit: Graham Hunt/BNPS

Ms Schreiber is believed to have three children, two daughters and one son, and runs The London Road clinic in Sherborne, Dorset, which provides osteopathy, physiotherapy and counselling.

One of her colleagues at the clinic today answered “no comment” to questions about her condition.

Sir Richard married his first wife Fiamma Sutton in 1959 before they divorced. They had two children, David, 61, and Caroline, 55, and five grandchildren.

He later married Anne who has three children from a previous relationship — daughters Louisa, 39, Rose, 35, and son Thomas, 34.  

Sir Richard had bought his Moorhill country estate in Dorset in  2014 for £1.4million.

One murder is shocking but a double murder would be chilling

Simon Hoare, MP for North Dorset

He has owned a huge portfolio of property, farms and hotels across the country, including the five-star Sheraton Grand on London’s swanky Park Lane and the Athenaeum in Mayfair.

The millionaire had a sprawling property empire and 7,000 acres of land, is said to be more than the amount owned by the Ministry of Defence.

One local resident said Sir Richard was a long-term resident of Higher Langham, but “was a private person who did not engage much” with the tiny community of around 200 people.

A spokesman for Sir Richard Sutton Limited said today: “We are deeply saddened and devastated by the sudden death of Sir Richard Sutton, announced this morning.

Sir Richard was described as a 'country gentleman' by local MP Simon Hoare

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Sir Richard was described as a ‘country gentleman’ by local MP Simon HoareCredit: INS
His partner Anne Schreiber runs a physiotherapy clinic in Sherborne, Dorset

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His partner Anne Schreiber runs a physiotherapy clinic in Sherborne, DorsetCredit: INS
Flowers were placed at the entrance to the driveway leading to Sir Richard's home

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Flowers were placed at the entrance to the driveway leading to Sir Richard’s homeCredit: Graham Hunt/BNPS
Forensic police officers were seen inside the hotelier's home tonight

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Forensic police officers were seen inside the hotelier’s home tonightCredit: The Sun
Police announced last night that a murder investigation had been launched

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Police announced last night that a murder investigation had been launchedCredit: Graham Hunt/BNPS
Cops were seen scouring a wooded area for clues near the remote estate today

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Cops were seen scouring a wooded area for clues near the remote estate todayCredit: Graham Hunt/BNPS
A private ambulance was seen arriving at the country home today

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A private ambulance was seen arriving at the country home todayCredit: The Sun

“Sir Richard was a caring, generous and warm family man, who genuinely regarded those who worked for him as part of his extended family.
 
“Sir Richard was passionately devoted to both his company and its people, setting the highest and standards for quality  in the hotels, farming and property interests within the group.

“His loss will be felt by everyone within the company, those who worked with him, and his family who have lost an incredible individual.

“Our thoughts are with the Sutton family at this tragic time.”

The local MP Simon Hoare, who knew Sir Richard well, today paid tribute to the landowner who he said was a “country gentleman”.

The Conservative MP for North Dorset described the incident as “deeply awful” and said he received a “full briefing” on it from police today.

If you wanted to conjure up a picture of a country gentleman then that was him.”

Local MP Simon Hoare

Mr Hoare MP, 51, said: “He was a charming man, he had a very good sense of humour, he was politically astute and genial.

“If you wanted to conjure up a picture of a country gentleman then that was him.

“It is a huge loss for his family in what is clearly deeply awful circumstances.”

Mr Hoare MP also said: “This is not the sort of thing you expect to see happening in North Dorset nor the sort of thing we are used to seeing here.

“Based on what I have been told by the police there is cause for shock and sadness but no cause or reason for alarm.”

The politician added that he is hoping medics are able to help save the injured woman in her 60s as “one murder is shocking but a double murder would be chilling”.

Sir Richard bought the Moorhill country estate in 2014 for £1.4million.

Forensic officers could be been at the £2million mansion in Higher Langham, today after the fatal stabbing

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Forensic officers could be been at the £2million mansion in Higher Langham, today after the fatal stabbingCredit: BNPS
Sir Richard was stabbed in his home in rural Dorset last night

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Sir Richard was stabbed in his home in rural Dorset last nightCredit: Graham Hunt/BNPS
Officers have shut off the road leading to his £2million country mansion

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Officers have shut off the road leading to his £2million country mansionCredit: Graham Hunt/BNPS
Sir Richard Lexington Sutton owned a huge portfolio of hotels, property and farms across the country

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Sir Richard Lexington Sutton owned a huge portfolio of hotels, property and farms across the country

Today three police vans were seen at the entrance to a long drive which leads to the remote property, while forensics officers were observed
inside.

A neighbour said: “The Suttons live there. They have two grown up children and grandchildren.

“It is just awful. You would never imagine something like this could happen. They are lovely people.”

A local farmer said: “I saw a search helicopter with a spotlight overhead last night and then an air ambulance landed.

“The people who live there is an old English gentry landowner and his wife.”

Their family has been informed and the Dorset coroner has been notified of the death.

WORTH £301MILLION

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the man who sadly died and the injured woman at this extremely difficult time and they are being supported by specially-trained officers.

“We will be carrying out a full investigation to establish exactly what happened at the address in Higher Langham and I would appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area on the evening of April 7 to please contact us.

“A cordon remains in place at the address and there will continue to be a heavy police presence in the vicinity as we carry out enquiries. Officers can be approached by members of the public with any information or concerns.”

Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, 9th Baronet, was head of the Sutton family, which owns land in Dorset, Berkshire, London and Lincolnshire and Aberdeenshire.

He inherited his title and estate from his father in 1981.

In total he and his family own close to 7,000 acres of land across the UK – more than double the amount owned by the MoD.

;A spokesman for Sir Richard Sutton Limited said today: 'We are deeply saddened and devastated by the sudden death of Sir Richard Sutton, announced this morning.'

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;A spokesman for Sir Richard Sutton Limited said today: ‘We are deeply saddened and devastated by the sudden death of Sir Richard Sutton, announced this morning.’Credit: Graham Hunt/BNPS
Dorset Police have today launched a murder investigation

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Dorset Police have today launched a murder investigationCredit: Graham Hunt/BNPS



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