The arrest of man in connection with the Arthur Brumhill murder keeps a promise Northamptonshire Police made to the pet shop worker’s family two years after his death.
Detectives pledged during his inquest in 1995 that the search for his killer would be back up and running “within minutes” if fresh evidence came to light.
At the time, Det Chief Sup Bob Thorogood, who headed the investigation said: “The inquiry can be relaunched in minutes and the team is standing by to take it up again.”
The murder hunt was first launched in January 1993 after the body of Mr Brumhill, who had been working late, was discovered in the cellar of the Pet and Garden Centre in Wellingborough Road, Northampton.
Police believed he had been repeatedly kicked and hit with a weapon, possibly a tyre lever that was missing from the cellar area of shop.
Although they maintained that the killer knew Mr Brumhill, months of inquiries by police and a nationwide TV reconstruction on BBC’s Crimewatch proved fruitless.
Arrests were made but nobody was ever charged.
By 1995, the Chron’s archive shows 760 witness statements were taken, 1,129 lines of inquiry pursued and up to 100 officers at a time were engaged in the inquiry.
A total of 100 house-to-house inquiries were carried out with 5,000 items of information stored on the force database
Despite the extensive search several things still puzzled detectives.
One was that the murder weapon was never found.
Another was that there was no sign of forced entry to the shop.
And the third was that a key witness spotted talking to Mr Brumhill outside the shop at 9.30pm was never traced.