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Officers in Catherine Wells-Burr murder case given awards

The body of 23-year-old Catherine Wells-Burr was found in her car in 2012

Nine police officers who worked on the Catherine Wells-Burr murder investigation have been presented with awards by their Chief Constable.

The graduate's body was set alight in her car near Ilminster in 2012. Three people were jailed for life. The team were among a number of staff recognised for their commitment at a ceremony in Bristol.


Cash machine problems row

A Bristol man says his children won't have a Christmas after a cash machine retained £300 he was trying to withdraw in Ilminster.

Mark Ashdown is chasing Natwest for the money after their head office said it would take a month to sort out. The bank says it's investigating claims that £300 was lost at a branch in Ilminster.

Mark Ashdown says he won't be able to buy Christmas gifts after problems with a Natwest cash machine

Video: Armed robbery at Ilminster convenience store

Police in Somerset are appealing for information after an armed robbery at a convenience store in Ilminster.

At 11.30am last Monday (September 23) a security guard attending the store in Station Road was robbed.

Two suspects left the scene in a white new-style Ford Fiesta, which was abandoned shortly afterwards about half a mile south of the town in the middle of the B3168 near to Dillington House. The suspects are then thought to have got into a second vehicle.

Enquiries have established that the Ford Fiesta was stolen from Exford, on Exmoor, and had its number plates and branding removed.

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who saw the Ford Fiesta after it was stolen on Tuesday September 17 and until it was recovered by police after the robbery.

They'd also like to speak to the owner of a green VW Polo which was driving along a private road on the Dillington Estate linking Whitelackington and Ashwell on the morning of the robbery.

Investigating the incident, DC Andy Tearle said:

“This robbery only took a few seconds to commit but the impact this will have on the courier, shop staff and witnesses will stay with them for much longer.

"We are investigating the robbery and our enquiries are progressing well but we need to speak to anyone who might have any information. If you can help, please contact me.”

Anyone who saw the robbery, either of the vehicles or was in the area and saw something suspicious should contact police on 101.


ROADS: Update on A303 crash, including diversion

The A303 remains closed between Upottery in Devon and Ilminster in Somersest after a serious accident. It happened on the A30, which is closed between Stockland Hill to the A30/A303 junction. It's causing major queues in the area.

DIVERSION: Motorists are advised to follow the solid black circle symbol. Those travelling westbound should leave the A303 onto the A358 north to M5 J25 to head west via the M5. Those heading eastbound should leave the A30 at Stockland Hill and follow the above in reverse.

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