A murder investigation is under way after one of Britain’s richest men was stabbed to death at a property in Dorset.
Sir Richard Lexington Sutton was named by his company after the 83-year-old hotelier and a woman were attacked in Higher Langham, near Gillingham, on Wednesday night.
Sir Richard was declared dead a short time later while the woman, aged in her 60s, who was also stabbed, was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol where she remains in a critical condition.
A statement from Sir Richard Sutton Ltd said: “We are deeply saddened and devastated by the sudden death of Sir Richard Sutton, announced this morning. 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 standards for quality in the hotel, 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.”
Police said a 34-year-old man was arrested in the Hammersmith area of London on suspicion of murder after a vehicle was stopped by officers from the Met.
The suspect, from the Gillingham area, was later taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Dorset Police said the arrested man and the victims were known to each other.
Sir Richard’s fortune is worth £301m, according to The Sunday Times Rich List, which ranks him as the 435th wealthiest person in the country.
He owned the five-star Sheraton Grand and Athenaeum hotels on London’s Park Lane.
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