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Staffordshire Police - Murder of Arthur Gumbley

Investigation into the Murder of Arthur Gumbley - can you help us find Arthur's stolen goods?.

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Details of Incident

Staffordshire Police need your help to find and return the jewellery stolen from Arthur Gumbley’s home.

During a violent burglary at Arthur’s modest house in Endwood Drive, Sutton Coldfield on 21 November 2017, thieves got away with a selection of gold and silver jewellery. Arthur ended up in hospital with serious injuries and sadly died three weeks later.

The hunt for those responsible for his death is still ongoing, although a 28-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested in relation to this case and previous outstanding offences by colleagues at West Yorkshire Police in Castleford on 22 February.

Today we are appealing for your help to return the Gumbley family’s valuable items.

The jewellery stolen by thieves included:

A Henry VIII Angel gold coin, believed to have been forged between 1544-1547, making it over 470 years old.

A women's gold necklace with a gold sovereign insert.

A womens's gold bracelet with a gold sovereign insert.

A silver ring with a diamond insert.

A gold ring with a diamond insert.

A gold sovereign.

A silver men's Seiko watch with gold highlights.

The bottom section of a 'Houses of Parliament@ pot.  (The lid of this pot is not missing and is still at the premises but the bottom is similar shape and colouring to the lid)

A silver lighter.

A really unique gun-shaped knife which has a blade of 7-8 inches in length and a handle of 4-5 inches in length. One side is designed as a Bayonette Dagger with a filigree pattern on the hilt and the other side depicts a single shot pistol with a wooden panel covering part of the handle.  Both sides have a dark brown leather strap binding on the handle.

Photographs / images of these items can be found on the Staffordshire Police Website:

Detective Inspector Dan Ison, the senior investigating officer, 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 (aged 17) who is wanted in connection with the murder of Arthur and therefore should you have any information that would help us locate him you could be eligible for a Crimestoppers reward of £10,000.


Contact Information

If you know anything about the stolen goods or the whereabouts of Ward, and you would prefer to speak to the Police, please call us on 101 asking for Staffordshire Police and quoting reference 828 of 21/11/2017.

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online at