November 28, 2017
Bail hearing today for Burnham man Owen Pellow in murder case

A Burnham-On-Sea man who has been charged with the murder of 36-year-old Lisa Thornton in the town is set to appear in court again today (Tuesday, November 28th).

Police have charged Owen Pellow, 42, of Berrow Road with the murder of Lisa Marie Thornton, 36, his former partner.

Pellow appeared in the dock at Bristol Magistrates Court on Saturday. His solicitor Sally Donaldson indicated that Pellow, who spoke to confirm his date of birth and address, would plead not guilty.

Lucy Coleman, for the prosecution, told the hearing that the victim is the defendant's ex-partner.

Pellow is due to appear again for a bail hearing today at Bristol Crown Court via a video link.

Police were initially called to the property - next to the Co-Op store in Berrow Road - just after 7.30am on Thursday November 23rd.

The Great Western Air Ambulance, pictured below, landed at the nearby Burnham and Berrow golf course, but took off without a casualty a short time later.

Police spokesman Wayne Baker told "Efforts were made to revive the woman but sadly she died at about 8.15am."

A Great Western Air Ambulance Charity spokeswoman added: "First Great Western Air Ambulance Charity critical care team were called to an incident in Burnham-On-Sea shortly after 7.30am and we were on scene within 16 minutes. Our thoughts are with the family."

Nearby residents have spoken of their shock at the incident. One lady told us: "I was out dog walking in the area at around 7.20am and I saw five police cars parked outside the Co-Op followed by the air ambulance. It's a huge shock to hear this has happened and our thoughts and prayers go to the family."

Another resident added: "We saw the green air ambulance circling over the village and coming into land, then later in the day noticed the lane next to the Co-Op fenced off. Everyone is incredibly sad for the family and wishes them well."


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