TWO teenage boys have been charged with murder after a 35-year-old man was found dead at a house in Dorset.

Detectives launched a murder probe after Edward Reeve’s body was found at a property in Heath Road, Christchurch, last week.

Edward Reeve was found dead at home


Edward Reeve was found dead at homeCredit: PA
Forensics at the scene in Heath Road, Christchurch


Forensics at the scene in Heath Road, ChristchurchCredit: PA

Two 16-year-old boys – from Christchurch and Bournemouth – have been charged with murder.

The pair, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

A 15-year-old girl from the Christchurch area who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has since been released on bail, Dorset Police said.

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter 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.”

Police were scrambled to Edward’s house on Wednesday at around 7.53pm following a report of a concern for welfare.

They discovered the 35-year-old’s body with serious injuries.

Edward’s mum Jayne Newey, 64, paid tribute to her son, who was a local musician and worked in customer services.

She said: “I just don’t believe it. It doesn’t seem real. It doesn’t seem fair. He didn’t deserve it if you ask me.”

Jayne told how her son had moved from Buckinghamshire to Christchurch around ten years ago but had suffered with drug addiction.

She revealed her fears over his death and claimed he had been associating with low-lifes.

Jayne added: “I’ve been suspicious about something like this happening for a long time.”

Dorset Police said the victim’s family are being supported by specialist officers following the horror.

Cops are continuing to appeal for information.

Mr Huxter said: “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 with information have been asked to call police on 101 quoting number 55220001688.

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