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Botched raid in which businessman shot at £1m home may have been preplanned

Dorset Police said two suspects are being hunted in connection with the raid.

Police believe a botched burglary in which a businessman was shot dead may have been preplanned.

Guy Hedger was fatally wounded at his £1 million house in Castlewood in the Dorset village of St Ives in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 61-year-old insurance executive was rushed to hospital, although he died of his injuries shortly after arrival.

Dorset Police said two suspects are being hunted in connection with the raid.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire said: “We are still trying to establish a motive for the intruders and why this particular address in Castlewood was targeted.

“We believe there was an element of preplanning involved. Therefore we would urgently like to hear from anyone who may have seen people or vehicles acting suspiciously in the area directly before or during the days leading up to the incident.

“This may have involved people in the area in general or paying particular attention to the specific house. Any small detail may help us with our investigation.

“Currently, we do not believe the offenders were known to the victim. However, we continue to investigate all lines of inquiry.

Mr Hedger was listed as living at the property with Simon-Pierre Hedger-Cooper, 48, a voluntary sector worker who was reportedly his husband of 12 years.

Police said a second person in the property at the time of the killing was deeply affected by the incident and they were being supported by specially trained officers.

Meanwhile, the businessman’s next-of-kin have asked for privacy at this “deeply traumatic time”, police said.

A spokesman for insurance company Liverpool Victoria (LV=) paid tribute to Mr Hedger and expressed sympathy for his family.

He said: “We were all shocked to hear that our friend and colleague Guy Hedger, LV=’s marketing and brand director, died over the weekend in such tragic circumstances.

“Our heartfelt condolences and sympathy are with his family and loved ones at this incredibly sad time.”

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