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Sniffer dogs brought in by police after businessman's murder

Caring and compassionate - a man who lived life to its full. That's how a family have described a businessman from Dorset who was shot dead at his home on Sunday.

Guy Hedger, who was 61, was killed during a break-in at the home he shared with his partner in St Ives.

It is believed jewellery, including designer watches, were stolen by at least two intruders. Kerry Swain reports.

Business community shocked at murder of "kind and generous man"

Guy Hedger, brutally murdered at the weekend, was marketing director at Avonbourne International and Business and Enterprise Trust, which runs colleges and a primary school in the Bournemouth area. A tribute has been paid by Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, Chief Executive.

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Aerial pictures from scene of brutal murder

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

Guy Hedger, 61, was gunned down at his house in the East Dorset village of St Ives.

"Guy will live in our hearts forever"

Mr Hedger was shot in front of his partner Credit: Dorset Police

The family of murder victim Guy Hedger have paid tribute to "a caring and compassionate man" who lived life to the full.

Guy was killed in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 30 April 2017 after at least two intruders entered his home in Castlewood in Ringwood.

Police received a call at 3.03am reporting that Guy had been shot with a shotgun. Despite the best efforts of medical staff he was sadly pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.

It is believed jewellery, including designer watches, was stolen from the address.

A second occupant in the house at the time – who was the victim’s partner – has been deeply affected by the incident and is being supported by specially-trained officers.

A murder investigation is now underway led by Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team.

Detectives are working tirelessly to arrest those responsible for Guy’s murder and establish why his address was targeted.

It is believed there may have been an element of pre-planning involved and officers 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 or hours leading up to the incident.

Currently it is not thought that the offenders were known to the victim however, detectives continue to investigate all lines of enquiry.

Guy was a caring and compassionate partner, son, brother and uncle who lived life to its full and enriched the lives of all those who knew him.

We are devastated that Guy's life has been cut short in this way. Guy will be sorely missed by family, friends and colleagues, but he will live in our hearts forever.

We ask for time to grieve in private.

– Family of Guy Hedger

Murder hunt continues

The hunt continues tonight for two intruders who shot a man in his own home during a burglary on the Hampshire Dorset border. Emergency services were called to a property in Castlewood at St Ives near Ringwood in the early hours of yesterday morning. Guy Hedger was taken to hospital but died from his injuries. Police say they believe the burglary was pre-planned as Richard Jones reports.

Police seek to reassure locals after Ringwood murder

Police this afternoon said the murder of a man shot dead by intruders was pre-planned. They said they were looking for at least two offenders who broke into the home wearing balaclavas and in possession of a shotgun. Jewellery including designer watches were taken from the house. Forensic investigations are continuing. Here's Superintendent Kevin Connolly

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'Extremely talented - he'll be sorely missed'- employer pays tribute to murdered Guy Hedger

Guy was Marketing and Brand Director at LV Insurance

Colleagues have spoken of their shock and sadness at the death of 61 year old Guy Hedger, who was shot dead by intruders at his home in East Dorset.

His employers, LV= Insurance have released a statement:

“We were all shocked to hear that our friend and colleague Guy Hedger, LV=’s Marketing & Brand Director, died over the weekend in such tragic circumstances.

An extremely talented marketer, Guy was instrumental in building the LV= brand and he will be sorely missed by many.

Our heartfelt condolences and sympathy are with his family and loved ones at this incredibly sad time.”

– LV= statement
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