Somerset

Wells-Burr death: Council 'sorry' for removing flowers

Catherine Wells-Burr
Image caption Catherine Wells-Burr worked as a business analyst

A council has apologised for removing roadside flowers left after a Somerset woman was found in her burning car.

The body of Catherine Wells-Burr, 23, from Chard, was found next to the A358 near Ilminster, Somerset, in September.

South Somerset District Council apologised for upsetting the family and said in future they it would work with families to clear up memorial sites.

Three people have been charged in connection with Miss Wells-Burr's death and remain in custody.

'Careful and sympathetic'

South Somerset District Council said it had responded to a complaint from an Ashill resident about "litter" at the side of the road.

"We are extremely sorry if the family and friends have been upset and this was obviously not our intention," a spokesman said.

"We did conduct the tidy-up in a careful and sympathetic way but appreciate the sensitivities.

"In future, should we get similar complaints about litter for these memorial sites, we will attempt to work together with the families to carry out any clear up," the spokesman added.

An online petition calling for flowers to be allowed to remain at the scene where Miss Wells-Burr was found has attracted more than 1,400 signatures.

The Bath Spa University graduate, who worked as a business analysis, was discovered in her red Ford Focus in a field in Ashill.

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