Two teens charged with murder after man died in Christchurch

Two 16-year-old boys have been charged with murder following the death of a man in Christchurch.

Emergency services were called to the scene at a Heath Road property at 7:53 p.m. on January 4 after Dorset Police received reports of concerns for the welfare of a man in the interior.

Officers attended the address and found the body of Edward Reeve, 35.

Following inquiries, two boys – from Christchurch and Bournemouth – have been charged with murder.

The force said the teens were due to appear in Poole Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

A 15-year-old girl from the Christchurch area, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been released on bail pending further investigation.

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, Dorset Police Major Crime Investigation Team, said: ‘Following a detailed and swift investigation, we consulted the Crown Prosecution Service, which has cleared the charges.

“Edward Reeve’s family has been updated with this development and our thoughts remain with them during this truly horrific time.

“This case is now subject to legal proceedings and, as is typical in these circumstances, it would be highly inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further. It is important that the justice system can run its course.

Forensics at the Heath Road scene last week (Andrew Matthews / PA)

“I would like to remind the public that this case is now the subject of an active legal process and it is important to stress that there should be no comments or sharing of information online or on social media that could potentially interfere with these procedures.

“I would also like to point out to members of the public that the automatic judicial restrictions will apply to anyone under the age of 18, which means their name should not be published, which would include any content on social media.

“I would like to reiterate my thanks to the public for their support following the appeals and the information they provided to facilitate our investigations. The investigation is continuing, so please contact us if you think you have any information that may help you.

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police at, email [email protected] or call 101, quoting event number 55220001688 .

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