Surrey

Sixth arrest over Robyn Mercer antiques dealer death

Robyn Mercer Image copyright Surrey Police
Image caption Robyn Mercer died from multiple blows to the head

Detectives investigating the murder of an antiques dealer who was bludgeoned to death have made a sixth arrest.

Robyn Mercer, 50, was killed with either an axe or a machete in West Molesey, Surrey, on 14 March. She was found dead at the end of her driveway in Walton Road.

Surrey Police said a 24-year-old Kent woman is being been held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Five people arrested in connection with her death remain on bail.

The mother-of-two, a silver specialist, worked at family firm JH Bourdon-Smith in Mayfair, west London.

Police said she had been attacked and struck repeatedly after she went outside following a family meal.

A post-mortem examination revealed Ms Mercer had been hit once to the front of the head and then struck several times while on the ground.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle and murder, and one of them is also accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Two women have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

A fifth person, a 53-year-old man, has been held on suspicion of fraud by false representation.

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