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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.

Tribute paid to woman found in car

Police investigating the murder of a woman whose body was found in a burning car in Somerset have made an arrest.

Catherine Wells-Burr, who was 23, was found at Ashill near Ilminster on Wednesday. A 32 year old woman was arrested last night on suspicion of murder. Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland has spoken to a mother and son who visited the crime scene to pay tribute.

Family statement about Ashill death

The family of Catherine Wells-Burr have released a statement following her death:

"We have lost our beautiful Catherine; she was full of character, she was caring, loving, and had a bubbly personality. She had a wonderful sense of humour, and was an amazing, special person.

Catherine had achieved so much in her short life and had worked so hard to gain her Bachelor of Honours in Business Management, gaining a 1st class degree from Bath Spa University.

She was so happy starting her life with Rafal and excited about their future together.

We would like to express thanks for all the messages of sympathy and support, we have found some comfort in all the kind and thoughtful words that have been said about Catherine and in knowing how well she was loved.

We have found this hard to understand why someone would have done this to her. There are no words to express how we feel about what has happened to her early on Wednesday morning. We desperately need to know why?

We would like to thank Cath and Mark Yeovil (CID), Hilary and Chris (Family Liaison Officers) for their care, support and understanding. She will be sadly missed If anyone has any information, no matter how small, please contact the police. Jayne, Phil, Leanne, Rafal and all her family."

Her employers Numatic International added:

"Catherine was a valued employee who worked with us in manufacturing during her university holidays and after graduation as a full time employee. She moved to our IS department last year to further her career as Business Analyst.

We are all shocked and saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts are with Catherine's family and all those affected."

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