These pictures show the dramatic moment a suspect in the alleged murder of one of Britain’s richest men was arrested after a car crash.
The arrest occurred 100 miles from the £2 million country home where property tycoon Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, an 83-year-old Baronet, and a woman, aged in her 60s, were stabbed on Wednesday night.
Armed police are said to have brought a Range Rover to a ‘hard stop’ in Chiswick, west London, after tracking the vehicle across five counties.
Officers then began treating the injured driver on a pavement, with one seen carrying a defibrillator, until paramedics arrived to take over and transport the man to hospital, a witness said.
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Police arrested a 34-year-old man, who was known to Sir Richard and the woman attacked in Higher Langham, Dorset, on suspicion of murder.
Sir Richard was so badly wounded that police initially thought he had been shot, the Times reported.
The woman, reported to be Sir Richard’s second wife, physiotherapist Anne Schreiber, 65, was in a critical condition after being airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.
The suspect, who was from the Gillingham area, was living with Sir Richard and the woman, the Sun reports.
The suspect visited the grave of his father earlier on Wednesday and detectives are considering whether this prompted a breakdown prior to the attack, the Times reported.
Photos at the arrest scene in west London show damaged vehicles, including a Range Rover and BMW, following a collision, and police treating a person next to the cars as armed officers stand nearby.
Other pictures show paramedics taking the man away on a stretcher.
A witness told MailOnline they heard loud bangs and looked outside to see a Range Rover that had come to a stop between marked police vehicles and the unmarked BMW X5.
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The driver appeared to be in “distress” as he was pulled out of the Range Rover and “laid out” on the floor.
Officers cut off his clothes and wrapped him in a “silver foil” as they gave him first aid, the witness said.
They added: “I saw an officer go to the back of the X5 and bring out what looked like a defibrillator. The ambulances showed up a short while later.
“After maybe an hour to 90 minutes he was placed on a stretcher with an oxygen mask over his mouth and placed in the back of one of the ambulances.
“I heard (an officer) say ‘five stab wounds’, which I took to be the injuries of the driver they’d stopped.”
Witness Maureen Kane, 50, said she heard crash and looked out to see armed police jumping on top of a car and aiming their guns.
Maureen, who works in video marketing, said: “I just heard a loud screech of cars swerving and then crash sounds.
“Then I looked out of my window and saw lots of armed police jumping on top of a car and aiming guns at a man and all around his car.
“He was a white male in his 30s and seemed to be injured – it looked pretty bad.
“He was naked as they ripped his clothes off and pulled him out of the car.
“I was scared … there were so many police officers with guns.
“About 10 policemen surrounded him until an ambulance arrived.
“Then I saw another 30 or 40 police cars arrive and lots of people were shouting with guns.”
Police had tracked the Range Rover after it left Dorset and crossed through Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey before entering the capital.
Helicopters were also scrambled and a team of SCO19 firearms officers in an armed response vehicle moved in on it and forced it to stop in a street in Chiswick at 10.30pm on Wednesday, the Sun reported.
The Met Police said: “When they approached the vehicle, officers discovered that the lone male occupant had sustained a number of serious injuries.”
The suspect was taken to hospital with injuries which were not believed to be life-threatening.
Sir Richard and the woman in her 60s were stabbed at Moorhill, a large detached property in the posh hamlet of Higher Langham, near Gillingham.
Police received a call from a member of the public concerned for the welfare of the occupants of the house.
When they got there they found Sir Richard with fatal knife wounds.
Nothing could be done to save him and he was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.15pm.
Police have confirmed the suspect is known to the victim.
Sir Richard has been described as an ‘old English gentry landowner’ who was worth an estimated £301 million and was at number 435 on the Sunday Times Rich List.
The grandfather owned a huge portfolio of hotels, property and farms across the country. The portfolio includes two posh hotels in Park Lane in central London.
He and first wife Fiamma had two children, David, 61, and Caroline, 55, and five grandchildren.
A woman who worked for Sir Richard Sutton Limited (SRSL) told the Sun: “What’s happened is worse than anything on Midsomer Murders. It’s an absolute tragedy.”
A spokesman for SRSL 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 and standards for quality in the hotels, 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.”
Three police vans were seen at the entrance to a long drive which leads to the remote property, while forensics officers were observed inside on Thursday.
A neighbour said: “The Suttons live there. They have two grown up children and grandchildren.
“It is just awful. You would never imagine something like this could happen. They are lovely people.”
A local farmer said: “I saw a search helicopter with a spotlight overhead last night and then an air ambulance landed.
“The people who live there is an old English gentry landowner and his wife.”
Another neighbour said they were aware of police helicopters flying over the house for a number of hours.
Their family has been informed and the Dorset coroner has been notified of the death.
Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the man who sadly died and the injured woman at this extremely difficult time and they are being supported by specially-trained officers.
“We will be carrying out a full investigation to establish exactly what happened at the address in Higher Langham and I would appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area on the evening of April 7 to please contact us.
“A cordon remains in place at the address and there will continue to be a heavy police presence in the vicinity as we carry out enquiries. Officers can be approached by members of the public with any information or concerns.”