Burglars who shot dead a man in his 60s after breaking into a £1 million home are being hunted by police. The 61-year-old, believed to be a businessman, was shot when at least two intruders broke into a detached house in the quiet village of St Ives near Ringwood, Dorset, on the outskirts of the New Forest at just before 3am this morning.

He was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. One other person was in the property at the time and is said to be “deeply traumatised” and being supported by officers. Police have launched a murder inquiry and are treating the break in as aggravated burglary. It is not thought that the gunmen were known to the victim.

The entire road remains cordoned off with a heavy police presence as forensic officers gather evidence. A police helicopter was called out around half-an-hour after the fatal shooting in an effort to track down the gunman, but the manhunt continues.