The son of a flamboyant self-styled lord is to appear in court charged with stabbing his father to death.

Barrow boy-turned-nightclub owner David West was found at his home in London’s Mayfair on Friday.

His son, also called David West, 44, of Jermyn Street, was arrested near the scene at Ormand Yard on suspicion of murder and later charged.

A post-mortem examination found that Mr West, 70, died from a single stab wound.

Mr West senior made his fortune from a discount alcohol and tobacco business in Calais.

He also owned the Abracadabra restaurant in Jermyn Street, near the HeyJo club.

Record deliveries of hampers and huge rises in demand for Christmas treats have helped push turnover up 7.4 per cent at the Piccadilly store during the five weeks upto January 5th. If online sales are included then sales were up 13.4 per cent.

The strong figures came at the end of the year that saw the opening of Fortnum's first stand-alone store at St Pancras station in November where sales "significantly exceeded expectations". There are also plans to open a branch in Dubai this year.

The key areas of our operation

Private Investigation

Private Investigation

In some areas of life there is no substitute for professionalism, skill and experience. If you have found yourself considering hiring a private investigator or a detective then please get in touch, we will happily offer a free initial consultation to allow us to understand your problem and the needs of your investigation.

Corporate Investigations

Corporate Investigations

In the field of Corporate Investigation we understand that discretion and efficiency are key.

We have been serving the corporate sector in Mayfair and Central London for over ten years and have built up a reputation second to none.

Criminal Investigation

Criminal Investigation

We have substantial experience carrying out criminal defense investigations gathering and compiling evidence which can help to prove innocence in a UK court of law. We can work with your legal team to uncover new evidence, assist with witnesses statements and to trace missing witnesses.