Man from Highbridge charged with murder

Police were called to a house on Edithmead Lane, near Highbridge, where a man's body was found in a garden. Credit: ITV West Country

A 44-year-old man has been charged with murder after the death of a man near Highbridge.

Officers were called to a property on Edithmead Lane at around 2.30pm on Thursday 25 June where the body of 39-year-old Paul Wells was found in a garden.

Richard Matthews has been remanded in custody after a brief hearing at Bristol Crown Court.

Matthews is currently being detained at a secure hospital under the mental health act.

The next hearing will be on 25 September.

Paul's family say he had "such an infectious personality". Credit: Family picture

The family of Paul Wells have paid this tribute to him:

"Paul had such an infectious personality whereby most everyone who met him saw this in him and became a life-long friend. Paul was taken from us suddenly all too soon and will be sorely missed by everyone."