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Teenager held in Hampshire over pensioner’s murder

The arrest comes five months after the death of burglary victim Arthur Gumbley.

Detectives investigating the murder of an 87-year-old pensioner have arrested a teenager.

The youth, 17 and from Stoke-on-Trent, was detained in Basingstoke, Hampshire, and is now being interviewed by officers probing the death of Arthur Gumbley.

Mr Gumbley, of Endwood Drive, Sutton Coldfield, died in hospital three weeks after suffering serious injuries in a violent burglary at his home last November.

Detectives believe intruders took gold and silver jewellery during the break-in, including a 16th century gold coin and a necklace with a gold sovereign insert.

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.”

Photos of Mr Gumbley’s badly bruised face and body were released by police – with the agreement of his family – before his death, in the hope the images would lead to the identification of those responsible.

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