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Murder investigation after businessman is shot dead

A murder investigation has been launched after a businessman was shot during a botched burglary at his £1 million home. Guy Hedger, 61, was gunned down at his house in the East Dorset village of St Ives.

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Two men charged with murder of Guy Hedger

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Two men have been charged with the murder of Guy Hedger in East Dorset.

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

41 year old Jason Baccus and 44 year old Scott Keeping, both of Verney Close in Bournemouth, were this afternoon charged with murder and aggravated burglary.

Guy Hedger's home in Castlewood

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

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

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

The post-mortem examination found he died as a consequence of gunshot wounds.

Both men are due to appear at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Saturday 6 May 2017.

A 40-year-old Bournemouth woman and a 40-year-old man from the Blandford area continue to be questioned by detectives.

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“There will continue to be a heightened police presence in the area while enquiries take place and our local policing team is there for residents, should they have any concerns. A cordon remains in place at the address while crime scene investigators examine the scene."

– Kevin Connolly, Detective Superintendent

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