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Police treating Somerset body in burning car as murder inquiry

By abbiewhouse  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

The scene after the discovery of the woman's body

The scene after the discovery of the woman's body

The discovery of a woman's body in a burning car in Somserset is being treated as a murder inquiry.

Police were called to reports of a car on fire in a field off the A358 at Ashill, near Illminster, at 6.30am yesterday morning.

Fire crews called to the scene found the body of a woman inside.

The woman has not been identified.

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Avon and Somerset Police have appealed to anyone who was in the area at the time for help.

If you have information you should call the police on 101 or on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The BBC reported today that Det Ch Insp Simon Crisp, from Avon and Somerset Police, said he wanted to hear from anyone who had witnessed "quite a distinctive scene, probably smoke and flames across the road".

According to BBC news online, he said: "We need the help of members of the public, people who may have been using the A358... to commute, people who live in the area, people who may have seen a figure standing in a gateway alongside the car, anybody who saw the red Ford Focus entering the scene."

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