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

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

Emergency services were called to a property at just before 8pm on 4 January after police received reports of concern for the welfare of a man inside.

Officers found the body of 35-year-old Edward Reeve at the address.

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

The teenagers are due to appear at 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 inquiries.

Forensics experts at the scene in Heath Road, Christchurch, Dorset
Forensics experts at the scene in Christchurch, Dorset on 5 January. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

DI Simon Huxter of Dorset’s 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.

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of the public that automatic court restrictions will apply to anyone under the age of 18, meaning their name should not be published, which would include any content on social media.”

Anyone with any information should contact Dorset police at, via email ( or by calling 101, quoting reference number 5522 0001 688.


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