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Two bailed in Robertsbridge farm murder inquiry

Julian Gardner
Image caption Police believe Julian Gardner was killed during a burglary that went wrong

Two 31-year-old men arrested on suspicion of murdering businessman Julian Gardner at his farm in East Sussex have been bailed.

The pair were arrested in north Wales and Kent on Thursday and Friday and have been bailed until January.

Mr Gardner, 53, died on 11 October from multiple injuries after apparently disturbing thieves in outbuildings at his Robertsbridge farm.

Police said two addresses in Kent were searched on Friday.

Four men have so far been arrested in the ongoing murder investigation.

'Complicated inquiry'

The latest arrests were in Ashford and Caernarfon.

Det Ch Insp Trevor Bowles said: "This is a complicated investigation which is quickly developing and expanding."

He said the investigation team was determined to establish the truth behind the "awful and tragic" events at Bush Barn Farm where Mr Gardner lost his life.

Police believe he was the victim of a botched robbery at Bush Barn Farm where he ran an agricultural and car repair business.

One theory is that he was crushed between two vehicles.

Mr Gardner's body was found by his business partner. He had suffered several fractures and compression injuries.

Two burnt-out vehicles were found abandoned a few miles away.

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