Restaurant boss, with celeb fans found dead as boy, 17 arrested

A millionaire restaurant owner's death has led to the arrest of a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of murder.

Sue Addis, 69, had famous fans in Bill Nighy, Katie Price and various Premier League stars who have been seen dining at her Brighton eateries Donatello and Pinnochio.

Ms Addis was found dead at her £1m home in Withdean, East Sussex at 6.55pm yesterday with a 17-year-old boy police say was known to her, arrested on suspicion of murder.

Together with husband Pietro and their three sons Leo, Stefano and Mikele, Sue ran 400-seater restaurant Donatello as well as the popular Pinnochio and Fat Leo.

The family restaurant chain ranked within the top 100 in the country in 2004 and thanks to building their empire up to being worth around £6million, The Sun reports.

Sue who was well known for her charity work, also joined forces with Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion FC whose shirts they had previously sponsored.

Tributes and condolences to Sue's family have poured in since her death was announced on Friday.

A local resident said: "She was a lovely woman. I couldn’t believe it when my neighbour told me what had happened.

"During the first lockdown, she offered to give free food to people in the sheltered housing block – it was a really kind gesture.

“She’d go there asking if the residents needed anything and was very helpful.

“It’s so sad. Her poor family. I can’t begin to imagine what they must be going through.”

Another added: "She did so much for the Brighton community over the years.

“She did a lot of charity work and Donatello sponsored Brighton during their struggles in the lower leagues.

“She’ll be sorely missed by so many people.”

Speaking about her success previously, Sue said: "We take such pride in The Lanes and, over all these years spending every day here, it has become our home from home.

"We hope to be here for many years to come. I now have my grandchildren working during holiday time and we have staff who have worked for us for over 20 years.

"To know we are responsible for employing those people and they are still here all that time later makes me very proud."

Police confirmed they are not currently looking for anyone else in relation to Sue's death and say there is no risk to the local community.

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The investigation is being carried out by detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: "At 6.55pm police were called to a residential address in Cedars Gardens, Withdean, Brighton, where the woman was found deceased.

"The 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody for interview and further enquiries.

"The boy and woman are known to each other.

"The investigation is at an early stage and no further information is available at present."

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