Police investigating the murder of a man who was shot by intruders at his home in Dorset have arrested four people.
Guy Hedger, 61, an insurance executive, was killed in front of his partner Simon-Pierre Hedger-Cooper, at their home in Ringwood in the early hours of Sunday morning in what police described as an "aggravated burglary".
Detectives announced that they had arrested four people in connection with the murder.
A 41-year-old man from Bournemouth was arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary, while a 44-year-old and a 40-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.
All three people are currently being questioned by detectives. Dorset Police said they were searching properties in Winterborne Stickland near Blandford and in Verney Close in West Howe in Bournemouth.
A fourth man, age 40, from Blandford has been arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary after he handed himself in at Bournemouth Police Station.
Superintendent Kevin Connolly, of Dorset Police, said: “I would like to thank the public for coming forward with information.
We are very grateful for the all the public support we have received. “We have worked tirelessly on this investigation which still continues even though arrests have been made.
“Our appeal still stands for anyone with information that could aid our investigation to come forward as any small detail may be important.
“In particular, we are interested in any suspicious activity after 3am on Sunday 30 April 2017 in the Verney Close area of West Howe and in Winterborne Stickland.”
Mr Hedger died as a result of shotgun wounds, after armed raiders wearing balaclavas broke into his home in a quiet cul-de-sac close to the edge of the New Forest.
Police said they believed the killers may have been staking out the property and waited until the streetlights went off after 1am, before making their move.
Dorset Police received a call at 3.03am reporting that Mr Hedger had been blasted with a shotgun. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.
Detectives said Mr Hedger-Cooper, who was in the house at the time of the raid, has been deeply affected by the incident and is being supported by specially-trained officers.
In a statement released by police, Mr Hedger's victim's family said: "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 peace."
Detectives believe there may have been an element of pre-planning involved and would 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.
A spokesman for insurance company Liverpool Victoria (LV) paid tribute to Mr Hedger.
"An extremely talented marketer, Guy was instrumental in building the LV brand and he will be sorely missed by many," he said.
Mr Hedger was a director of the Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust, which runs colleges and a primary school in the Bournemouth area.
Chief executive Debbie Godfrey-Phaure said: "Guy was a very kind and generous man who volunteered and gave his time freely to Avonbourne."
She added: "Guy had a deep passion for education and was dedicated to expanding the experience and knowledge of children in Bournemouth.
"Everyone at the trust will miss his guiding hand, friendship and the wonderful service he provided us."