Full Sutton murder: Police search fields for weapon used to kill antiques dealer Peter Battle
DETECTIVES are searching for the murder weapon used to kill an antiques dealer in his home.
Officers have been searching fields and land near Full Sutton, where Peter Battle was found murdered.
Detective Chief Inspector Alistair McFarlane, who is leading the investigation, has also appealed to members of the public to look out for anything suspicious.
Mr Battle, 56, was found with severe head injuries in the lounge of his home, Whisker Cottage, last week. Police believe he had been dead for weeks.
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"We still don't exactly know what weapon was used to kill Mr Battle," said Det Chief Insp McFarlane.
"Obviously, part of our procedure would be to search the area to see if any- thing has been discarded.
"If anyone finds something in their garden, or while they are out walking the dog, that looks suspicious I would ask them to leave it alone and give us a call so we can retrieve it."
Police were continuing to question a 26-year-old man on suspicion of murder at the time of going to press.
More than 100 officers are working on the investigation to find Mr Battle's killers.
They believe his work as an antiques dealer could be a possible motive for his murder. He frequently visited auction houses across the region and was a frequent user of the online auction site eBay.
Police believe a silver and black Advent laptop was stolen from his home between the time of his murder and when his body was discovered.
Silver cutlery, rare coins, sovereign and half-sovereign rings are also missing from the house.
Det Chief Insp McFarlane said: "This was the laptop most frequently used by Mr Battle. Searches of the house have revealed the laptop is not present, which is very unusual.
"That might have been taken to hide evidence but it is possible it has been stolen for its re-sale value.
"We believe several other items may have been taken and we would ask anyone who has been offered any similar items for sale to get in touch with us."
Although the focus of the inquiry is in the Yorkshire area, police have contacted eBay for information.
Anyone with information should call Humberside Police on 101, quoting log 492 of February 7.