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Tributes laid near Ashill crime scene

Tributes to 23-year-old Catherine Wells-Burr, whose body was found in a burning car in Ashill near Ilminster on Wednesday morning, have been laid near the crime scene.

Tributes near the crime scene Credit: ITV Westcountry

Her body was found inside a burning red Ford Focus car in a field off the A358 near Ilminster. Police have now launched a murder enquiry and are seriously investigating whether Catherine may have known her killer.

Tributes near the crime scene Credit: ITV Westcountry

A Facebook group has also been set up in memory of Catherine which has attracted 320 members in the space of 12 hours.

Tributes near the crime scene Credit: ITV Westcountry

BREAKING: woman arrested in connection with murder of Catherine Wells-Burr

Catherine Wells-Burr Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A 32 year old woman was arrested last night on suspicion of murder and currently remains in police custody. Two men arrested have been eliminated from the enquiry.

A post mortem will begin later today to try and identify how Catherine died.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Crisp from Avon and Somerset Police said:

"We still need information from members of the public and those people who knew Catherine or knew of her. It is imperative we get a full picture of her life and you may have information that could help."

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Police examine burnt-out car

Police are continuing to examine the crime scene where the body of a 23-year-old woman was found in a burning car yesterday.

Police forensic team examine the car under a blue tarpaulin tent. Credit: ITV Westcountry

They are examining the car under a blue tarpaulin tent after they were alerted to its location early yesterday morning. They believe the body is that of 23-year-old Catherine Wells-Burr.

The crime scene Credit: ITV Westcountry

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BREAKING: Woman found in burning car named

Detectives from Avon and Somerset Police believe the body of a woman found in a burning car in Ashill is that of 23 year old Catherine Wells-Burr.

Investgations have begun and a murder enquiry was launched last night after the red Ford Focus car was found burning early yesterday morning.

This is a tragic and brutal incident in which a young woman has needlessly lost her life."We are working to establish what happened in the early hours of yesterday morning that led to this car being set ablaze.

– Detective Chief Inspector Simon Crisp, Avon and Somerset Police

I would like to appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to get in touch with us no matter how small you think that piece of information may be. "In particular I'd like to speak to any motorists who were in the area around the time who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously or anyone crossing the A358. It is also very important that we speak to all of Catherine's friends and associates who she may have socialised with, as well as anyone else who may have any knowledge about her social and private life.

– Detective Chief Inspector Simon Crisp, Avon and Somerset Police
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