Family of Guy Hedger pay tribute to 'caring, compassionate' man killed in burglary

Peter Hedger, also known as Guy, was shot dead in his home in Dorset.Dorset Police handout

The family of a man killed in what police believe was a pre-planned burglary at his home in Dorset have paid tribute to him.

Peter "Guy" Hedger, 61, was killed with a shotgun early Sunday morning (30 April) in front of his husband at the £1m detached home they shared in Ringwood near Bournemouth.

At least two men entered the property around 3am, wearing balaclavas, and after the shooting, escaped with jewellery and designer watches.

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In a statement Hedger'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 private."

Police do not believe the burglars had any connection with the victim and reassured neighbouring residents in the affluent suburb. They have asked anyone who might have noticed anything unusual in the days leading up to the killing to get in touch.

Sniffer dogs have been at the crime scene although the shotgun has not yet been recovered.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire, of Dorset Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) said: "This was a truly horrific crime and our deepest sympathies go out to Guy's family and friends. Our thoughts remain with you all.

"I want to reassure the public that we have the best detectives, officers and staff working day and night on this case. The violent offenders responsible for this crime are still at large and we are doing everything in our power to bring these individuals to justice.

"I would ask the public to please get in touch with us if you have any information you think may be relevant to this investigation no matter how small you believe it to be. That information could be the key to solving this murder."

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Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 30:53. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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