Guy Hedger murder: 4 arrested over shooting of Dorset executive

Mark Piggott
Peter Hedger

Police in Dorset have made four arrests in connection with the death of 61-year-old Guy Hedger at his home in Ringwood in the early hours of 30 April.

Burglars blasted the marketing executive with a shotgun in front of his husband, then fled the scene with expensive jewellery and designer watches. A postmortem confirmed that he died from shotgun wounds.

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A 41-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary. A 40-year-old Bournemouth woman and a 45-year-old Bournemouth man were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

The arrests were made on Tuesday (2 May) and the suspects remain in custody. Properties in Winterborne Stickland and West Howe were searched, according to Somerset Live.

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Later on Wednesday, Dorset Police confirmed that a fourth arrest had been made in connection with the death. The fourth suspect attended a police station in Bournemouth.

Superintendent Kevin Connolly of Dorset Police said: "In total, four arrests have now been made. However, our enquiries still continue and our appeal still stands for anyone with information that could aid us to come forward.

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"This is the case for anything relating to suspicious activity after 3am on Sunday 30 April 2017 in the Verney Close area of West Howe and in Winterborne Stickland as well as information about anyone acting unusually in Castlewood in the days or hours leading up to Guy Hedger being killed. We would like to thank everyone who has contacted us already. The support we have received from the public has been encouraging."

Mr Hedger's husband of 12 years, Simon-Pierre Hedger-Cooper, 48, witnessed the shooting and is being supported by specialist officers. Hedger's family paid tribute to "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."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 30:53. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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