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Somerset caravan site shooting: three brothers sentenced for murder and manslaughter

Charlie Broadway (centre) has been sentenced to 34 years in prison for the murder of Wilfred Isaacs Senior at a caravan site in Ilton. His brothers John (right) and William (left) were convicted of manslaughter. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to a minimum of 34 years in prison after being found guilty of murdering one man and attempting to murder another with a sawn-off shotgun at a caravan site in Somerset.

Charlie Broadway shot and killed 50-year-old Wilfred Isaacs Senior and shot and injured his 22-year-old son Wilfred Isaacs Junior after an altercation at the Chubbards Cross Caravan Site in Ilton last May.

His brothers John Broadway, 38, and William Broadway, 18, were sentenced to 15 years and 12 years in prison after being found guilty of manslaughter.

Wilfred Isaacs Senior was shot dead with a swan-off shotgun in the incident last May. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Following the shootings both John and Charlie Broadway fled the scene and police launched a nationwide manhunt to find them.

Charlie Broadway handed himself in at Bridgwater Custody Centre the following day and John Broadway was arrested two days later in Staffordshire.

Charlie Broadway was also convicted of unlawful wounding for an assault on Wilfred Isaacs Senior earlier on the day he murdered him and he was also convicted of Actual Bodily Harm for a previous assault on Wilfred Isaacs Junior.

The Chubbards Close caravan site in Ilton where Charlie Broadway shot Wilfred Isaacs Senior dead. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Three other people were convicted of offences following the trial. 30-year-old Bonnie Wilson was sentenced to 18-months’ imprisonment - suspended for two years - after being found guilty of assisting an offender.

23-year-old Joseph Finney and 21-year-old Riley Joe Jones were jointly convicted with Charlie Broadway of unlawful wounding and Actual Bodily Harm. They were both sentenced to 15-months’ imprisonment suspended for two years.

Several firearms were recovered from the caravan site. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Senior Investigating Officer Det Insp Lorna Dallimore, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said the shooting stemmed from a long-running dispute. She said:

The motive for these shootings lies in a dispute between two families living on the site. Tragically, what started out as a verbal disagreement between members of the two families resulted in the horrific shooting of two men.

Our investigation showed Charlie Broadway used a sawn-off shotgun to inflict fatal injuries on Wilfred Senior and cause serious injuries to his son. His two brothers John and William both played a pivotal role in the incident, resulting in their convictions for Wilfred Senior’s manslaughter.

It was a senseless act which has ultimately destroyed the lives of two families."

– Det Insp Lorna Dallimore, Avon & Somerset Police
The murder weapon - a sawn-off shotgun was found discarded in a toilet. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

During an extensive police investigation several firearms were found at the caravan site including the murder weapon.

Police also discovered a metal bar had been used to assault Wilfred Isaacs Senior earlier in the day.

During our investigation, several illegally held shotguns, component parts of other firearms and ammunition were recovered from the caravan site, along with the murder weapon, which was found discarded in a disused toilet block on the site.

In the region of 1,260 exhibits were seized, including bloodstained clothing found at the site, and a thorough forensic examination was conducted of the whole site, which took almost three weeks.

We carried out a meticulous review of the events leading up to the shootings, which uncovered evidence of a serious assault on Wilfred Senior earlier in the day, in which he was punched, kicked and struck with a metal bar.

My thoughts are with the family and close friends of Wilfred Senior and Wilfred Junior, who’ve had to come to terms with the life-changing impact of this appalling crime. I hope these successful convictions will help them move forward with their lives."

– Det Insp Lorna Dallimore, Avon & Somerset Police
Thousands of pieces of evidence, including blood-stained clothing, were found at the caravan site. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

The family of Wilfred Isaacs Senior released a statement and tribute following the conclusion of a trial at Bristol Crown Court, saying "his humour, love and happiness will never be replaced":

We are very grateful for the love and support that has been shown to us and would like to thank everyone who has helped us through this traumatic event in our lives.

We miss Wilf more than words can express and his humour, love, happiness will never be replaced.

The happy memories of his life will be treasured forever in our hearts and minds.

Losing someone you love will never be easy and living our lives without Wilf will never become easier. A hallowed place will always remain in our hearts in memory of him.

We would now like to try and mend and move on into the next chapter of our lives in the knowledge that it will never be the same without Wilf, and most of all we hope we can be left alone to do this in peace.

– Family of Wilfred Isaacs Senior