A woman in her 50s has been shot and a murder investigation has been launched in west Somerset.

Police were called to a property in Winsford after reports of a gunshot at about 2.30pm on Saturday 22 February.

Officers say the victim was seriously injured when they arrived, and despite treatment she died shortly after.

A 67 year old man - who is in custody - was also injured by a shotgun. He was airlifted to hospital with life threatening injuries and now remains in a stable but critical condition.

A second woman, who is being treated as a key witness, was found nearby and uninjured.

Investigations are underway at the property and a cordon remains in place.

This is a very serious incident in which a woman has lost her life and we are deploying family liaison officers to support the next of kin.

Det Supt Julie Mackay, of the Major Crime Investigation Team