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Two 16-year-old boys charged with murder of Edward Reeve whose body was found in home on Heath Road, Walkford

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TWO teenage boys arrested after the body of Edward Reeve was found in a Walkford home have been charged with his murder.

The pair, one from Christchurch and the other from Bournemouth, have been in custody since Friday after police found the body of 35-year-old Mr Reeve in a house on Heath Road last Tuesday evening.

They are due to appear at Poole Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Tuesday).

Police at the scene last Wednesday
Police at the scene last Wednesday

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

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of the Dorset Police Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Following a detailed and fast-moving investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service, which has authorised the charges.

“The family of Edward Reeve has been updated with this development and our thoughts remain with them at this truly awful time.

“This matter is now subject to a court process and as is typical in these circumstances, it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further. It is important that the justice system is allowed to follow its course."

Edward Reeve
Edward Reeve

He added: “I would like to remind the public that this matter is now the subject of active court proceedings and it is important to stress that there should be no commentary or sharing of information online or on social media that could potentially prejudice these proceedings.

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of the public that automatic court restrictions will apply to anyone under the age of 18, meaning their name should not be published, which would include any content on social media.

“I am keen to reiterate my thanks to the public for their support following the appeals and the information they have provided to assist our enquiries. The investigation continues so please do contact us if you believe you have information that could assist.”

Those with information, images or footage relevant to the investigation should submit it via https://mipp.police.uk/operation/55HQ21M75-PO1

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