Multi-millionaire hotelier Sir Richard Sutton, 83, is stabbed to death and wife in her 60s fights for her life after attack at their £2m Dorset mansion as man ‘known to them’ is arrested after being tracked 100 miles to London
- Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, 83, suffered stab wounds in attack at £2million home near Gillingham in Dorset
- The incident happened last night at the country property, which Sir Richard inherited from his father in 1981
- A woman, 60, believed to be his wife, was airlifted to hospital last night and is said to be in a ‘critical condition’
- A man, 34, arrested in Hammersmith, London, last night on suspicion of murder, after being tracked 100 miles
- Sir Richard was the owner of the five-star Sheraton Grand in London’s Park Lane, as well as the Athenaeum
- MP Simon Hoare, who knew Sir Richard, paid tribute to the Baronet describing him as a ‘country gentleman’
One of Britain’s richest men has been found stabbed to death in his country mansion, it was revealed today.
Hotelier Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, 83, was attacked inside his £2million home in north Dorset, last night.
The Baronet – whose family title dates back to the time of King George III and whose property empire is thought to be double that of the Ministry of Defence – is estimated to be worth £301million.
A woman, thought to be his second wife, named locally as Anne Schreiber, is also believed to have suffered knife injuries in the attack at the home, named Moorhill.
Sir Richard recently ranked at number 435 on the Sunday Times Rich List and owned the five-star Sheraton Grand on London’s prestigious Park Lane and the luxury Athenaeum in Piccadilly.
The millionaire landowner, who is divorced from first wife Italian Fiamma Sutton, has two children, son, David, 61, and daughter, Caroline, 55, as well as five grandchildren.
Last night police arrested a 34-year-old man, known to Sir Richard, on suspicion of murder.
Detectives had earlier tracked a Range Rover more than 100 miles across four different counties to Hammersmith in London, where they made the arrest.
The female victim, who is aged in her 60s, was airlifted to the Southmead Hospital in Bristol. Her condition was today described as ‘critical’.
Pictures of a car accident in Chiswick, London, showed a Range Rover driver being carried away in a stretcher after he was found to have suffered ‘a number of serious self-inflicted injuries’.
The man was pulled from the vehicle after suffering five stab wounds, according to an eyewitness.
He received medical treatment for more than an hour, by police with a defibrillator to begin with before paramedics took over.
The motorist was eventually put on a stretcher with an oxygen mask and taken to hospital in an ambulance.
A police statement said: ‘At approximately 22:30hrs on Wednesday, 7 April, police stopped a vehicle in Chiswick High Road. When they approached the vehicle, officers discovered that the lone male occupant had sustained a number of serious self-inflicted injuries.
‘First aid was commenced immediately and the London Ambulance Service were called. The male was taken to a west London hospital. His injuries have been assessed as non-life threatening.’
Hotelier Sir Richard Lexington Sutton (pictured), 83, was found stabbed to death inside his £2million home in north Dorset, last night
A woman, thought to be his second wife, named locally as Anne Schreiber (pictured), is also believed to have suffered knife injuries in the attack at the home, named Moorhill
The millionaire landowner, who is divorced from first wife Italian Fiamma Sutton, has two children, son, David, 61, and daughter, Caroline, 55, (pictured) as well as five grandchildren
Police rushed to the scene after receiving a call from a member of the public concerned for the welfare of the occupants of the house. Pictured: Police at the £2million property earlier today
Sir Richard’s second wife, named locally as Ms Schreiber (pictured), is believed to have three children, two daughters and one son. She owns and runs The London Road clinic in Sherborne, Dorset, an exclusive clinic with services such as osteopathy, physiotherapy and counselling (Ms Schreiber performing a treatment, pictured)
A woman, thought to be his second wife, named locally as Anne Schreiber, is also believed to have suffered knife injuries in the attack at the home, named Moorhill. Pictured: Police at the scene of earlier today
Last night police arrested a 34-year-old man, known to Sir Richard, on suspicion of murder. Pictured: A map showing how police tracked the suspect from Dorset to London last night
Police attended an accident involving a Range Rover (pictured) in Chiswick yesterday evening. The vehicle is seen with severe damage
The female victim, who is aged in her 60s, was airlifted to the Southmead Hospital in Bristol. Her condition was today described as ‘critical’. Pictured: A car crash involving a Range Rover in London
A man was stretchered into an ambulance after the crash in west London yesterday
Pictures of a car accident in Chiswick, London, showed a Range Rover driver being carried away in a stretcher after he was found to have suffered ‘a number of serious self-inflicted injuries’
Sir Richard is the owner of the luxurious five-star Sheraton Grand (pictured) in London’s prestigious Park Lane
Sir Richard also owned the luxury Athenaeum Hotel and Spa on London’s Piccadilly Road
The Ranger Rover had been tailed by two marked police 4×4 cars and an unmarked BMW X5 as it travelled along the Chiswick High Road in west London at about 10.45pm last night.
One of the Metropolitan Police 4x4s appears to have clipped the back of the Range Rover as the X5 pulled in front of it to perform a hard stop.
The Metropolitan Police operation involved armed police, police dog handlers and the force helicopter.
An eyewitness told MailOnline this evening: ‘I counted about 17 police cars and two ambulances. The whole street was bathed in flashing blue lights.
‘There had been two or three large bangs, which drew me to the window.
‘I saw what looked to be a Range Rover that had come to a stop between two police 4x4s and a BMW X5.
‘The police swarmed around the Range Rover and the driver was brought out and laid out on the road.
WHO IS MILLIONAIRE HOTELIER SIR RICHARD SUTTON – AND HOW MUCH IS HIS FAMILY WORTH?
Hotelier Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, 83 – whose property empire is thought to be double that of the Ministry of Defence – is estimated to be worth £301million.
He is a baronet, a hereditary honour awarded by the monarch.
It is the lowest-ranking hereditary title, but baronets are able to use the prefix ‘sir.
The Sutton Baronetcy of Norwood Park in the County of Nottingham, dates back to October 1772.
It was created by King George III for politician Richard Sutton.
He was the second surviving son of the distinguished diplomat Sir Robert Sutton.
The latter was the grandson of Henry Sutton, brother of Robert Sutton, 1st Baron Lexinton.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, the family seat was at Benham Place. However, the house was sold in 1982.
Sir Richard Sutton’s estates is still worth several million pounds.
‘He was clearly in some distress, the police crowded around him and began to assess his injuries.
‘They cut his clothes off, his shirt and trousers, and then wrapped him in a silver foil wrap as they administered first aid.
‘I saw an officer go to the back of the X5 and bring out what looked like a defibrillator. The ambulances showed up a short while later.
‘The paramedics took over the medical treatment. The driver of the Range Rover appeared to be conscious as the officers were talking to him and I could see him move slightly.
‘After maybe an hour to 90-minutes he was placed on a stretcher with an oxygen mask over his mouth and placed in the back of one of the ambulances.
‘The police remained at the scene all night. My flat is directly above the Chiswick High Road and I could see a senior officer briefing his officers afterwards.
‘I heard him say “five stab wounds” which I took to be the injuries of the driver they’d stopped.
‘It was a big, big operation. There were armed police everywhere and a dog unit. At least two helicopters hovered overhead.
‘The forensics arrived in the early hours and were searching the scene of the stop. They were there until about 4am this morning.’
The crash was captured on camera by resident Maureen Kane, 50, whose flat overlooks the street.
Ms Kane, who works in video marketing, told how up to 40 police officer attended the scene.
She 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 or if police shot him.
‘He was naked as they ripped his clothes off and pulled him out of the car.
‘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.
‘Then I saw another 30 or 40 police cars arrive and lots of people were shouting with guns.’
The ambulance arrived within 30 minutes, Ms Kane said, adding: ‘Police were still in the road and had all the roads blocked for hours after this until I went to bed at 2am.
‘I’ve not heard anything about it from my neighbours or anything since.’
Sir Richard was found with fatal stab wounds following the attack at his large detached home near Gillingham, Dorset. He bought the Moorhill country estate, set in the tiny hamlet of Higher Langham, in 2014 for £1.4million.
Sir Richard, who inherited his estate with his baronetcy in 1981, has today been described as an ‘old English gentry landowner’.
Alongside his two Park Lane hotels he owned a swathe of property and farms across the country. 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 the Sir Richard Sutton Limited (SRSL) said today: ‘We are deeply saddened and devastated by the sudden death of Sir Richard Sutton, announced this morning.
The property is a large detached home in a tiny hamlet, near Gillingham, Dorset. Pictured: Flowers left at the scene today, as police continue their investigation
A woman, believed to be his wife, also suffered knife injuries in the attack at the home, named Moorhill. Pictured: Police at the scene today
‘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.’
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.’
Another neighbour said they were aware of police helicopters flying over the house for a number of hours.
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
Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, 9th Baronet, was head of the Sutton family, which owns land in Dorset, Berkshire, London and Lincolnshire and Aberdeenshire. Pictured: Police had taped of the entrance to the property earlier today
A police van was parked at the entrance to the Dorset property earlier today, as they investigated the incident
Their family has been informed and the Dorset coroner has been notified of the death.
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.
Sir Richard inherited his title and estate from his father in 1981 and was worth an estimated £301m in May 2020, placing him 435th on the Sunday Times’ Rich List. Pictured: Police at the scene today
Officers were earlier today seen searching a wooded area of the estate, near to Gillingham in Dorset
He married wife Fiamma in 1959, but the pair are said to have divorced. It is believe she now lives at a farm in a village near Hungerford, Berks.
His second wife, named locally as Ms Schreiber, is believed to have three children, two daughters and one son.
She owns and runs The London Road clinic in Sherborne, Dorset, an exclusive clinic with services such as osteopathy, physiotherapy and counselling.
Today local MP Simon Hoare, who knew Sir Richard Sutton well, 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.
Mr Hoare MP, 51, said: ‘I knew him, strangely enough I knew him before I was an MP as my company did a lot of work for his estate many years ago.
‘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’.
Mr Hoare MP said he would not disclose details about the circumstances of the incident nor the identity of the 34 year old man who has been arrested.
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