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Husband held in connection with murder of Post Office mistress

Husband held in connection with murder of Post Office mistress

10:10am 14th April 2010
(Updated 1:44pm 16th April 2010)

The husband of a postmistress who was found dead at her village store in North Yorkshire has been arrested in connection with her murder.

Robin Garbutt, 44, was being questioned by detectives in connection with the death of his wife, Diana.

She was found dead in the upstairs living quarters of Melsonby Post Office, following a suspected robbery on 23 March.

Robin was taken into custody this morning where he will face questioning from detectives.


Detective Superintendent Lewis Raw, the senior investigating officer, said: “The tragic death of Diana Garbutt three weeks ago has had a significant impact on people living in Melsonby and Richmondshire as a whole. It has also captured the concern and sympathy of the wider community due to the high level of media coverage of this case.

“As we strive to bring Diana’s killer to justice, it is vital that people resist from any form of speculation and rumour while the murder investigation continues. This is especially so following the arrest of a man in connection with the inquiry.

“I would again like to offer my sincere gratitude for the overwhelming support and understanding local people have given the police throughout this very complex investigation.”

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