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'Nothing relevant' found in search for murder weapon

Police searched the River Stour in West Parley Credit: ITV Meridian

A river search in Dorset for the gun used to kill a businessman has ended with "nothing relevant" found, police say.

61 year old Guy Hedger was shot in the early hours of 30th April at his home in Castlewood in Ashley near Ringwood.

Marine officers searched a section of the River Stour in West Parley after Dorset Police said it had received a tip off the gun was in the area.

Guy Hedger was shot at his home in Ringwood Credit: Dorset Police

It followed a £10,000 Crimestoppers reward for information.

A spokesman for the force said the search had concluded with "nothing relevant to the murder investigation found".

Mr Hedger was at home with his husband when intruders reportedly broke in during the early hours and opened fire with a shotgun.

He later died in hospital.

Police found "nothing relevant" in the River Stour Credit: ITV Meridian

Further charge in Guy Hedger murder investigation

Mr Hedger was shot with a shotgun Credit: Dorset Police

A woman re-arrested in connection with the Guy Hedger murder investigation has now been charged with assisting an offender.

Helen Cooper, also known as Helen Keeping, was previously arrested in May on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and had been released under investigation.

She is due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 26th July.

61 year old Guy Hedger was killed in the early hours of the morning on the 30th April this year at his home in Castlewood, Ringwood.

He was shot after intruders reportedly entered his home.

He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.

Kevin Downton, who is 40 and from Winterborne Stickland near Blandford, 41-year-old Jason Baccus and 44-year-old Scott Keeping, both of Verney Close in Bournemouth, are all charged with murder.

They will appear at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday 26th July.

A 39-year-old Bournemouth man and 45-year-old Poole man previously arrested in relation to the incident were released under investigation.

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Guy Hedger murder: fourth man arrested released under investigation

A fourth man arrested in connection with the Guy Hedger murder investigation has now been released under investigation.

Guy was killed in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 30 April 2017 in his home in Castlewood in Ringwood. The post-mortem examination found he died as a consequence of gunshot wounds.

Guy Hedger was shot dead by intruders at his home near Ringwood Credit: Dorset Police

On Thursday a 45-year-old Poole man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. He's been released under investigation.

Kevin Downton, who is 40 and from Winterborne Stickland near Blandford, 41-year-old Jason Baccus and 44-year-old Scott Keeping, both of Verney Close in Bournemouth, are all charged with murder. All three men are next appearing at Winchester Crown Court in July.

A 40-year-old Bournemouth woman, previously arrested in relation to the incident, has been released under investigation.

Three arrests in connection with murder of Dorset businessman

Guy Hedger was shot dead by intruders in his Castlewood home Credit: Dorset Police

Detectives have arrested two men and one woman in connection with the murder of an East Dorset businessman.

Guy Hedger was shot dead by intruders at his home in Castlewood in Ringwood, in the early hours of Sunday 30th April .

The arrests were made yesterday [Tuesday 2nd May] in the Bournemouth area.

A 41-year-old Bournemouth man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary. A 44-year-old Bournemouth man and a 40-year-old Bournemouth woman have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

All three people are currently being questioned by detectives.

Officers are continuing to search properties in Winterborne Stickland near Blandford and in Verney Close in West Howe in Bournemouth.

Dorset Police is appealling for anyone with information to contact them on 101 or by emailing 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, quoting incident number 30:53.