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Teenager, 19, arrested for murder after pensioner, 66, killed in ‘botched burglary’

Teenager, 19, is among five men arrested for murder after pensioner, 66, was killed in ‘botched burglary’ at his £160,000 Leicestershire home

  • Howard Staff was attacked at Wigston, Leicestershire, home on January 13 
  • A man, 19, has now been arrested on suspicion of murdering the 66-year-old
  • The suspect remains in custody where he is being questioned by detectives

Howard Staff, 66, was injured at his home in Wigston, Leicestershire, on January 13 during a suspected botched burglary and he died in hospital the following morning

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 66-year-old man in his home during a suspected botched burglary in broad daylight.

Howard Staff was injured at his home in Wigston, Leicestershire, on January 13 and he died in hospital the following morning. 

Four men – two aged 20, one aged 21 and one aged 19 – were arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday but have been released under investigation.

Now a 19-year-old man has been arrested at an address in Leicester.

He remains in custody where he is being questioned by detectives.

Detective Inspector Jonathan Blockley, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), said: ‘A man has been arrested this morning on suspicion of murder and burglary following the death of Howard Staff.

‘Our investigation remains ongoing and we continue to appeal to anyone with information to come forward.

Four men - two aged 20, one aged 21 and one aged 19 - were arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday but have been released under investigation. Pictured: Gibson Close where Mr Staff was attacked. The average house price in the area is around £160,000

Four men – two aged 20, one aged 21 and one aged 19 – were arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday but have been released under investigation. Pictured: Gibson Close where Mr Staff was attacked. The average house price in the area is around £160,000

‘If you have any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem we want to hear from you.

‘A man has lost his life, a family is devastated and we owe it to them to find who was responsible.’

The independent charity Crimestoppers is now offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. 

Now a 19-year-old has been arrested. He remains in custody where he is being questioned by detectives. Pictured: Police at the scene

Now a 19-year-old has been arrested. He remains in custody where he is being questioned by detectives. Pictured: Police at the scene

The independent charity Crimestoppers is now offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Pictured: The property where the attack took place

The independent charity Crimestoppers is now offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Pictured: The property where the attack took place

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