Teen, 17, arrested over murder of 87-year-old man beaten in his own home

Attacked – Arthur Gumbley died three weeks after thugs brutally battered him in his own home (Picture: SWNS)

A teenager has been arrested in connection with the murder of a retired company director who was battered in his own home.

The 17-year-old is being questioned over the death of 87-year-old Arthur Gumbley late last year.

Mr Gumbley died three weeks after his gated property in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands was stormed by thugs who attacked him and stole expensive jewellery, cash and a purse belonging to his late wife on November 21 last year.

The pensioner, known as Bob, was found in a pool of blood after he was repeatedly kicked and punched.

Shocking – after the attack Staffordshire Police released shocking pictures of Mr Gumbley’s injuries as he lay in hospital (Picture: SWNS)

At the time Staffordshire Police released shocking pictures of Mr Gumbley’s injuries as he lay in his hospital bed in a bid to catch his attackers while he was still alive.

In February, officers arrested a 28-year-old man in Castleford, West Yorkshire, in connection with the murder.

MORE: Burglar who attacked D-Day veteran, 96, with claw hammer leaving him for dead, given 20 year sentence
MORE: British murder suspect makes ‘world’s most wanted’ list

On Saturday, Staffordshire Police said a 17-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent had been arrested in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in connection with Mr Gumbley’s murder.

He was being questioned by officers from Staffordshire Police while in custody in Hampshire.

Robbery – Items stolen during the robbery included expensive jewellery, cash and a purse belonging to Mr Gumbley’s late wife (Picture: SWNS)

The force also previously released images of the items stolen during the robbery which they are looking to trace and reunite with Mr Gumbley’s family.
They include a 470-year-old Henry VIII Angel gold coin, forged between 1544-1547, a gold women’s necklace and bracelet and three silver and gold rings.

Speaking at the time the pictures were released, Detective Inspector Dan Ison said: “If we can return any or all of the stolen items to this grieving family, it is at least some comfort that they have not lost everything in this terrible incident.”