Shot Dorset executive Guy Hedger: Three people arrested

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Three people have been arrested following the killing of an executive at his luxury Dorset house.

Guy Hedger, 61, was shot at his home in Ashley, Dorset in the early hours of Sunday – he later died in hospital.

A 41-year-old Bournemouth man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary.

A man and woman, both in their 40s, have been detained on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

Properties in Winterborne Stickland near Blandford and in Verney Close in West Howe in Bournemouth are also being searched for evidence in relation to the investigation.

Detectives appealed for information from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area about 03:00 on Sunday.

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Police carried out a search of Avon Heath Country Park

Police had widened their search for evidence after the shooting – sniffer dogs were used in a search of Avon Heath Country Park, about a mile from the house.

Mr Hedger was shot with a shotgun after intruders entered the house in Castlewood cul-de-sac shortly after 03:00 BST on Sunday.

Detectives are trying to establish why the home of the former Liverpool Victoria (LV) marketing executive, near Ringwood, Hampshire, was targeted.

Police previously said they believed it to have been a planned burglary that turned violent. They also said jewellery had been stolen from the house.

The Castlewood cul-de-sac remains cordoned off but David’s Lane has been reopened.

Mr Hedger was a director of the Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust, which runs colleges and a primary school in the Bournemouth area.

The charity said he gave his time for free because of his “passion for education”.

“He was quiet and thoughtful. He really wanted to make a difference for young people and the community. He was a truly lovely person,” the charity added.

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Dorset Police

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Guy Hedger was one of two people in the property at the time of the shooting

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The shooting happened at a house in Castlewood, a cul-de-sac off David’s Lane, Ashley

Shot Dorset executive Guy Hedger: Three people arrested

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