Manhunt for 'at least two' suspects after Dorset break-in murder

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Nick Wallis

Police are hunting "at least two" suspects after a businessman was shot during a botched burglary at his £1 million Dorset home.

Guy Hedger, a 61-year-old insurance executive, was gunned down at his house in Castlewood, St Ives, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He was taken to hospital but died later from his injuries.

Dorset Police have now launched a murder investigation into what they think was a "pre-planned" raid.

The shooting sparked a major police operation with a police helicopter scrambled to the area in the hunt for the intruders.

Police said a second person in the property, understood to be Mr Hedger's husband of 12 years, was "deeply affected by the incident" and is being supported by specially trained officers.

They said Mr Hedger's family have asked for privacy at the "deeply traumatic time".

Police at the scene. Credit: ITV News

Superintendent Kevin Connolly, of Dorset Police, said the killing was being treated as an "aggravated burglary".

He added: "The offenders, we believe, went in to steal and they have subsequently shot an innocent man."

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Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire, of MCIT, said: "We are still trying to establish a motive for the intruders and why this particular address in Castlewood was targeted.

"We believe there was an element of pre-planning involved. Therefore we would urgently like to hear from anyone who may have seen people or vehicles acting suspiciously in the area directly before or during the days leading up to the incident.

"This may have involved people in the area in general or paying particular attention to the specific house. Any small detail may help us with our investigation.

"Currently, we do not believe the offenders were known to the victim. However, we continue to investigate all lines of inquiry."