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5 arrested on suspicion of murder of Stapleton man

Five men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and burglary after the body of a was found in Stapleton.

The body of 49-year-old Simon Bowring was found in a house in Welsford Avenue on Sunday.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Bevan, says the police have been following a number of leads and believe they have been making significant progress.

Five people, all males aged between 17 and 22, have been arrested in connection with this investigation. They have all been arrested on suspicion of murder and burglary and they remain in custody at this time. We are still appealing for witnesses to come forward and would urge anyone with any information relating to this incident to call police on 101.

– DCI Gareth Bevan


Police investigate suspicous death of man in Bristol

Police are investigating after the body of a man was found in Bristol on Sunday afternoon. His death is being treated as suspicious and a postmortem exam is being carried out.

The 49 year old was discovered on Welsford Avenue in Stapleton after what appears to have been a burglary at the property.

It is thought the property may have been burgled and early indications suggest the man could have been assaulted. However, it is not clear at this stage if the two incidents are linked.

We would appeal to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area during the last week to please contact us.

We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen up to four men wearing hooded tops in the area during the early hours of last Wednesday morning (14/5).

– Senior investigating officer, DCI Gareth Bevan

Police search teams in Clevedon after discovery of body

Underwater police search teams are carrying out an investigation in Clevedon after the discovery of a body in a ditch.

Emergency services were called to Strode Road in Clevedon after being alerted by a member of the public.

Avon & Somerset Police have launched an investigation and the body is due to be recovered this afternoon. The death is being treated as unexplained.

Body found after caravan fire

A body has been discovered following a caravan fire in Weymouth. Emergency services were called to deal with a blaze on Ryemead Lane just before 10pm last night. It is understood police found a body in the remains of a caravan. They are treating it as an unexplained death.

Chippenham fire victim was "a happy and joyful Mum and Nan"

The body of Karen Archard was found by firefighters at Sainsbury's car park in Bath Road in Chippenham Credit: ITV West

The family of a 53 year old woman who died in a fire in Chippenham have paid tribute to her.

Karen Archard, who was 53 and from the town, was found by firefighters in Sainsbury's car park on 7th August. Police are not treating her death as suspicious.

Karen Archard was "loving, caring and thoughtful" Credit: Wiltshire Police

Her family have issued this statement:

“Karen was a loving, caring and thoughtful Mum and Nan, who will be greatly missed. She had suffered most of her life, battling against mental illness, which can be severely misunderstood. She was a happy and joyful Mum and Nan who will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

We would like to thank all the people who came forward and helped the police with their enquiries and the police for handling this matter discreetly and delicately.

We would like to be left to grieve in peace and we hope that people will respect these wishes.”


Police identify Chippenham body.

A 53 year-old woman who was found dead in a supermarket car park has been named.

Karen Archard's body was discovered by police investigating a fire in Sainsburys car park in Chippenham on Tuesdaty morning. Her next of kin have been informed.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police say they still want to hear from people who may have been close to the scene in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

In particular they would like to speak to a man who who passed through the car park with a pedal cycle at 01:54 am. They say he may have information that might assist police in putting together Karen's last movements.

We would like to thank all of the people who have come forward and to the community of Chippenham who have been supportive of this investigation. We are still seeking information from anyone who can help us put together Karen's last movements and we would ask you to get in touch with us if you think you can help. If you have information that may assist police please call 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

– Detective Inspector Matt Davey, Wiltshire Police

Latest statement from Wiltshire Police

We can now confirm that this was the body of a white woman, who at the time of her death was aged at least 40. We think we know who the woman is and are currently in the process of tracing her next of kin.

We...are keeping an open mind as to the circumstances leading to this woman’s death.

We have already received information from a couple who walked through Sainsbury’s car park at approximately 02:11 am and the driver of a car that drove through the car park at 02:27 am that morning.

– Detective Inspector Matt Davey, Wiltshire Police

The Police are still appealing for anyone who was in the Sainsbury’s Car Park between 1.30am and 3am that morning. Earlier, they released two CCTV images of people they would like to speak to.

Today we are releasing two CCTV images. The first is an image of a man who walked through the car park with a pedal cycle at 01:54 am. We would appeal to that man or persons that may be able to assist with his identity to get in touch with us.

The second image is that of a car. We are appealing to the driver or occupants of a small dark coloured hatchback car seen driving through the car park in the direction of McDonalds at 02:48 am that morning.

We believe that this man and the occupants of that vehicle may have relevant information that would assist our enquiries.

– Detective Inspector Matt Davey, Wiltshire Police

Police release CCTV images of car park before fire

Police have identified the burnt body of a forty-year-old woman found in a car park in Chippenham. They are currently trying to trace the woman's next of kin.

CCTV images have been released and the Police want to speak to a man on a bike and the driver of a car present at the car park yesterday.

Police want to speak to the driver of this vehicle Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police want to speak to this man with the bike on the left hand corner Credit: Wiltshire Police
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