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Two 16-year-old boys charged with murder after man’s death in Dorset

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

Emergency services were called to a home just before 8pm on Jan. 4 after police received reports of concerns about the wellbeing of a man inside.

At the address, officers found the body of 35-year-old Edward Reeve.

After investigation, two boys – from Christchurch and Bournemouth – have been charged with murder.

The teens are due to appear in Poole court on Tuesday.

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

Forensic experts on the scene in Christchurch, Dorset on January 5. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

DI Simon Huxter of Dorset’s major crime investigation team said: “Following a detailed and rapidly ongoing investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service, who have cleared the charges.

“Edward Reeve’s family has been kept informed of this development and our thoughts remain with them at this truly terrible time.

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

“I would also like to point out to the public that automatic court restrictions apply to anyone under the age of 18, meaning their name may not be published, which would also include social media content.”

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police at: www.dorset.police.uk, by email (101dorset.pnn.police.uk) or by calling 101, quoting reference number 5522 0001 688.