Man quizzed over attack on Phones4U chief

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A man was being questioned by detectives today over an aggravated burglary at the home of former Phones4U chief John Caudwell, police said.

The 48-year-old from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of the crime last night, a spokesman for Staffordshire Police said.

Mr Caudwell, one of Britain's richest businessmen, suffered a gash to his head during the incident at Broughton Hall, his mansion near Eccleshall, Staffs, on Monday November 1.

A police spokesman said: "Detectives investigating the aggravated burglary at Broughton Hall have arrested a 48-year-old man from Liverpool.

"The man was arrested by officers from Staffordshire and Merseyside forces in Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon.

"He was initially detained in custody in Merseyside before being transferred to Staffordshire Police's northern area custody facility in Stoke-on-Trent where he remained overnight.

"The man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary."

Mr Caudwell, who sold the Caudwell Group for a reported £1.4 billion in 2006, has become well-known in recent years for his work with Caudwell Children, a charity that provides specialist equipment, treatment and therapies for sick, autistic and disabled youngsters.