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West Midlands boy arrested for murder of man in Sutton Coldfield

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

Arthur Gumbley, 87, also known as Bob, was found in a pool of blood at his £700,000 gated property in Sutton Coldfield on November 21 last year.

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He had been repeatedly kicked and punched by someone who made off with expensive gold and silver jewellery, cash and a purse belonging to Mr Gumbley’s late wife.

He died three weeks later in hospital and a murder investigation was launched. 

Six months later a 17-year-old boy from Basingstoke, Hampshire, has been arrested in connection with the murder probe. He remains in custody in Hampshire.  

Pictured: Arthur Gumbley after he was attacked. He died three weeks later

Arthur Gumbley, 87 (pictured before left and after attack right) also known as Bob, was found in a pool of blood at his £700,000 gated property in Sutton Coldfield on November 21 last year

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

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.   

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. 

The force 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.

Mr Gumbley ran a successful heating and plumbing supplies company before retiring. 

Raiders kicked and punched by someone who made off with expensive gold and silver jewellery, cash and a purse belonging to Mr Gumbley's late wife (pictured with him) 

Raiders kicked and punched by someone who made off with expensive gold and silver jewellery, cash and a purse belonging to Mr Gumbley’s late wife (pictured with him) 

Six months later a 17-year-old boy from Basingstoke, Hampshire, has been arrested in connection with the murder probe. Pictured: Arthur Gumbley 

Six months later a 17-year-old boy from Basingstoke, Hampshire, has been arrested in connection with the murder probe. Pictured: Arthur Gumbley 

Police were desperate to return the stolen items to Mr Gumbley's family, pictured is a gold sovereign that was also taken

Police were desperate to return the stolen items to Mr Gumbley’s family, pictured is a gold sovereign that was also taken

Among the items stolen in the raid was a Henry VIII Angel Gold Coin, pictured is what the 470-year-old coin looks like, it was forged between 1544-1547

Among the items stolen in the raid was a Henry VIII Angel Gold Coin, pictured is what the 470-year-old coin looks like, it was forged between 1544-1547

Speaking at the time of the pictures release, 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.

‘And if we can secure evidence of where the items may have gone after the incident, or who may have handled them, it may help us to track the two men wanted in connection with Arthur’s murder.

‘We are still keen to talk to Tom Joseph Ward who is wanted in connection with the murder of Arthur and therefore should you have any information that would help us locate him please contact us or alternatively via Crimestoppers where there is a £10,000 reward being offered.’

In a statement after Mr Gumbley’s death, his family said: ‘He truly was a person that, not only us as a family, but the people that knew him, looked up to and respected.

‘Words can’t express the extent of our loss.’

Anyone with information on the stolen goods or the whereabouts of Ward are asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 828 of November 21, 2017. 

As well as the coins taken, the thugs stole a gold women's necklace and bracelet and three silver and gold rings, as well as Mr Gumbley's late wife's purse

As well as the coins taken, the thugs stole a gold women’s necklace and bracelet and three silver and gold rings, as well as Mr Gumbley’s late wife’s purse

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