Police arrested a man in connection with the murder of Gary Bennett this morning.

The 37-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder at his home address in Watford, at 5am, and is currently being questioned by police.

A reward of £1,000 was offered for information last week and police raided the man's house this morning but have not yet confirmed it's location.

Mr Bennett, 46, from Little Oxhey Lane, was found bludgeoned to death in Aldenham Country Park on Wednesday, February 24, by teenage students on their way to school.

Detective superintendent Mick Hanlon said: “The arrested man is currently helping us with our enquiries."

On March 5, police declared the probable motive as robbery as Mr Bennett was missing approximately £500 in cash and a gold chain worth up to £3,000.

An artist's impression of the main suspect was also released after witnesses saw two men walking towards the park at 5.30am, on the morning of the incident, and only one come back 15 minutes later.

Tributes have been paid to the popular bin man who was described by his 88-year-old mother as someone "who would not hurt a fly".

A police spokeswoman said this morning that the probable motive had not changed.

A murder weapon is yet to be found, though forensic evidence suggested it was a heavy, metal object.

Det Spt Hanlon added: “I would still urge anyone who has any information in relation to Gary’s last movements or his death, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to please get in contact.”

Police can be contacted in the strictest confidence via the incident room on 01707 355959.

Or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 – you could be entitled to a cash reward.