Ashill Death Investigation

Investigation into the death of Catherine Wells-Burr, whose body was found inside a burning car in Ashill near Ilminster.

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Figure seen close to Catherine Wells-Burr car fire

Detectives investigating the murder of Catherine Wells-Burr are appealing for more information from the public.

It follows reports of a figure seen at the site of the car fire, which was set in a lane off the A358 near Ashill in Ilminster earlier this month.

Catherine's body was found inside the car on the morning of September the 12th.

I am extremely keen to speak to anyone who saw a person at the site of the car fire in which we discovered Catherine's body.This person was in the area before the fire was lit, and was seen to then walk along the left hand verge towards Taunton immediately after.It is imperative that we speak to anyone who saw this person, before or after the fire, or if you are that person please come forward and speak to us.

– DETECTIVE CHIEF INSPECTOR SIMON CRISP

Rafal Nowak and Anna Julia Lagwinowicz have both been charged with conspiracy to murder and have been remanded into custody. Both are due to appear at Bristol Crown Court on October 9.

Another 38 year old man remains on police bail.

Family pay tribute to Catherine Wells-Burr

The family of Catherine Wells-Burr the 23 year-old whose body was found in a burnt-out car in Ashill in Somerset have paid tribute to her:

Jayne, Phil, Leanne, and all her family have said:

Our beautiful Catherine was inspirational to so many people and touched their hearts. We are so shocked, devastated and disappointed by the recent developments. Our aim is now to seek justice for Catherine

– FAMILY STATEMENT

Yesterday Catherine's 31-year-old boyfriend Rafal Nowak appeared in court charged with conspiracy to murder her. He's been remanded in custody. A 38-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder has been released on bail.

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Police believe Catherine was killed elsewhere

Police investigating the death of Catherine Wells-Burr whose body was found in a burnt-out car in Ashill in Somerset believe she was killed elsewhere.

They're appealing for information about her red car, possibly being followed by another vehicle.

The development emerged as her boyfriend became the second person to appear in court charged with conspiracy to murder.

Bob Constantine reports:

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Ashill Death: Police appeal to motorists to remember scene last week

Witnesses invited to talk to Avon and Somerset Police Credit: ITV West Country

Motorists travelling along the A358 this morning have been asked to cast their minds back to Wednesday 12th September when the body of Catherine Wells-Burr was found.Drivers with any information could report it to officers who were at the location near Ilminster between 5 and 7am.

Boyfriend due in court over death of Catherine Wells-Burr

A second person is due in court this morning following the death of Catherine Wells-Burr who's body was found in a burning car in Ashill in Somerset last week.

Catherine's boyfriend, 31 year old Rafal Nowak will appear at Bristol magistrates court.

A 38 year old man remains in police custody where he is being questioned.

Mr Nowak's former partner was in court yesterday to face the same charge

Police will be speaking to motorists this morning close to the scene a week on from the incident.

Ashill body: Police at scene exactly one week on

Rafal Nowak Credit: Facebook

Police are at the scene this morning, where exactly a week ago a 23-year-old woman's body was found in a burning car.

They want to speak to motorists who may have information about the death of Catherine Wells-Burr. People travelling along the A358 will be asked to cast their minds back to Wednesday [12th] when Miss Wells-Burr's body was found.

The officer leading the investigation is keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time - in particular anyone who saw a red Ford Focus 5 door hatch back in company with another vehicle.

Today, Catherine's 31-year-old boyfriend Rafal Nowak will appear in court charged with conspiracy to murder her. Mr Nowak's former partner was in court yesterday to face the same charge.

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