Police are appealing for the public’s help in locating a man after a woman was found dead at a house in Melksham.

Officers are looking for Richard Gordon Newton, 51, from the Bowerhill area.

This is in relation to a body of woman being found at 51 Barnes Wallis Close, Melksham this morning.

A spokesman said: "Officers believe that Mr Newton might hold vital information on this incident and may be able to assist police with their inquiries.

"It is thought that Mr Newton was driving a blue Volkswagen Polo registration number S487 CKN this morning from his home address in Melksham to the Williton area of Somerset.

"Avon and Somerset police officers located this vehicle unattended at Brendon Common, Exmoor shortly before 12.30pm this afternoon."

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Mr Newton or who may have any information on this incident is asked to call Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.