Renewed appeal for information following tragic Arthur’s murder


We need your help to trace a man wanted in connection with the murder of 87-year-old Arthur Gumbley.

We are also appealing for information regarding further items taken from Mr Gumbley’s home.

During a violent burglary at 87-year-old Arthur’s house in Endwood Drive, Sutton Coldfield on 21 November 2017, offenders got away with a selection of gold and silver jewellery.

Arthur was taken to hospital with serious injuries and sadly died three weeks later.

A 28-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested in relation to this case and previous outstanding offences.

We are also still keen to talk to Tom Joseph Ward, aged 17, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Arthur.

Ward, who resides in Stoke-on-Trent occasionally, is described as 5ft 8ins, and of average build with an Irish accent. He has links throughout the country and is known to frequent the London, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Yorkshire areas.

He is not to be approached, but if you have any information that would help us locate him please contact us on 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where there is a £10,000 reward being offered for information.

Further to the items listed below we are also seeking your help to trace a silver lighter and a Houses of Parliament pot (a remaining part of which is pictured).

Further items stolen (and featuring in our original appeal) 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 women’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.

• 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.

Detective Inspector Dan Ison, the senior investigating officer, said: “If anyone has information about these items, or we can return any or all of these 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 those wanted in connection with Arthur’s murder.

If you know anything about the stolen goods or information about the offenders please get in touch. You can either call us on 101 quoting incident number 828 of 21 Nov 2017, or you can talk to us directly online at