Ashill death: Woman remanded

A woman has appeared in court charged with conspiracy to murder. The body of Catherine Wells-Burr was found in a burnt out car last week.

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Catherine Wells-Burr's mother at Victim Support anniversary

Jane Wells-Burr (right) after the trial of her daughter's killers. Credit: PA

The mother of murder victim Catherine Wells-Burr will be at an event today to mark the 40th anniversary of Victim Support. Since Catherine was murdered in Somerset in 2012, her parents have supported families in similar situations and campaigned for victims' rights.

Jayne Wells-Burr will be at a reception held by the Lord Mayor to celebrate the work of the charity, in Bristol.

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Full report: family of Catherine Wells-Burr launch charity

The family of a woman who was murdered are setting up a charity to help people who've gone through similar tragedies. Catherine Wells Burr was just 23 when her body was found in a burning car in Ashill last year.

Her boyfriend along with two other Polish nationals were convicted of her murder in June. Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland reports.

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Wells-Burrs launch charity for tragedy-hit families

The family of Somerset murder victim Catherine Wells-Burr is setting up a charity to help people who find themselves in similar circumstances to them.

Catherine's parents and sister, who live in Chard, say they are determined to help other families who need financial aid after suffering tragedy.

23-year-old Catherine's body was found in a burning car in Ashill last year. Her boyfriend along with two other Polish nationals were convicted of her murder in June.

Mourners gather for funeral of Catherine Wells-Burr

Friends and family have gathered in Chard for Catherine Wells-Burr's funeral Credit: ITV News

Mourners have gathered at St Mary's Church in Chard for the funeral of murder victim Catherine Wells-Burr.

They have gathered to say a final farewell to the 23 year old university graduate who worked at Numatic International.

Some shops in Chard have closed as a mark of respect Credit: ITV News

Catherine's body was found in a burnt out car near Ashill close to the A358 last September. Three people have been charged in connection with her death and will stand trial at Bristol Crown Court in April.

Some shops in Chard will close today at the time of the funeral service as a mark of respect for Catherine.

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Catherine Wells-Burr's boyfriend denies her murder

The boyfriend of Chard murder victim Catherine Wells-Burr appeared at Bristol Crown Court today to deny murdering her. The 23-year-old's body was found in her burnt-out car near Ilminster last September.

Rafal Nowak, 31, was remanded in custody along with two other Polish nationals who also deny the murder. There will be a further hearing on 18 March.

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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