Man bailed over Sussex farm murder
A man arrested over the murder of a farmer believed to have died in a botched robbery has been released on bail, police said today.
Julian Gardner, 53, suffered multiple injuries after apparently disturbing crooks at isolated Bush Barn Farm in Robertsbridge, East Sussex.
A 29-year-old man from the Ashford area of Kent was arrested on Friday and questioned over the weekend but was released on bail until November 26, a Sussex Police spokeswoman said.
Meanwhile a 40-year-old man, also from Ashford, who was arrested over the murder a week ago is due to answer bail on November 25.
Police believe Mr Gardner may have disturbed somebody who was trying to break into outbuildings at the farm where he ran an agricultural and car repair business.
One theory is that his compression-type injuries were sustained when he was crushed between two vehicles.
His body was found by his business partner and detectives believe the murder took place some time after 11pm the previous day.
Forensic searches have been carried out on a burned-out Cherokee Jeep, which had been in for repair at Mr Gardner's business and was found hours after the killing, in Sandhurst, Kent, a few miles from the farm.
A second 4x4, a Land Rover Defender owned by Mr Gardner, was discovered burned-out at a different location - Cripps Corner, near Battle - and has been forensically examined.
Police said inquiries into Mr Gardner's background found nothing to suggest he might have been the victim of a grudge attack.
His death came just days after a campaign to keep locals safe, with police, crime prevention officers, locksmiths and alarm firms offering tips to prevent burglaries.
Police said there was no evidence that Mr Gardner had been burgled in the past. In October last year he reported to police an attempted theft of vehicle batteries from his farm, off the A21.
Youths had tried to flee after putting the batteries in a wheelbarrow but they abandoned them when they were disturbed by a neighbour.
It has emerged that Mr Gardner's 90-year-old widowed mother was asleep in the main farmhouse when her son was killed.
In a statement, Molly Gardner said her life and that of his sister, Anna Murphy, would never be the same again.
She said: "The space he leaves will never be filled."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0845 6070 999, quoting Operation Bradford, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Sabrina Corgatelli: US hunting tourist posts picture of herself with dead giraffe after Cecil the lion outrage
'Gene drive': Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters
Edward Heath 'child sex abuse' allegation: Investigation to be held into Wiltshire police handling of alleged claim in the 1990s
Labour leadership race: Jeremy Corbyn could be the next Prime Minister, says Ken Clarke
A-level results 2015: UK exam board OCR admits it 'estimates' hundreds of pupils' grades after papers 'go missing'
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
- 1 Sabrina Corgatelli: US hunting tourist posts picture of herself with dead giraffe after Cecil the lion outrage
- 2 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 3 A-level results 2015: UK exam board OCR admits it 'estimates' hundreds of pupils' grades after papers 'go missing'
- 4 Giant Minion terrorises drivers in Ireland as 40ft inflatable blocks busy Dublin road
- 5 'Cool kids' can go on to become losers in later life, study finds