DETECTIVES running a murder investigation have issued footage of the dead woman enjoying a drink in a Minehead pub the night before she died.

She can be seen enjoying a night out with wanted man Richard Scatchard hours before she was found dead in his house in the seaside town.

Officers leading the search for Scatchard, 70, are continuing to ask anyone with information to come forward.

Today (Thursday, November 16) marks one month since Scatchard was last known to have been captured on CCTV, when he was seen in West Somerset on Monday, October 16.

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Despite approximately 80 reported sightings from people trying to help the police enquiries, none of them since that date have been confirmed as Scatchard, who is wanted on a recall to prison.

Detectives also want to talk to him in connection with a murder enquiry following the death of 61-year-old Kelly Faiers (below) at his home, in Minehead, during the early hours of Sunday, October 15.

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Satchard is considered a risk to the public, specifically women he forms relationships with.

He is a regular user of dating apps and has previously been convicted of sexual offences in which he administered drugs to his victims to enable his crimes.


Police know Kelly and Scatchard, who were in a relationship, went out to The Duke of Wellington pub, in Minehead, on the evening of Saturday, October 14. CCTV shows them having a drink together.

WATCH CCTV FOOTAGE: Scatchard and Kelly in the Duke of Wellington pub.

In the early hours of the following morning, Scatchard called the ambulance service to his home, in Blenheim Road, due to Kelly being critically ill.

Sadly she was pronounced deceased by medics at the scene.

Police were called minutes later by the ambulance service at 4.15am, as is normal procedure following a unexpected sudden death. Officers spoke with Scatchard before leaving the scene.

On the afternoon of Monday, October 16, officers again attended the property to question Scatchard further. He was not there.


Scatchard was initially considered to be missing before new information led police to issue a wanted appeal for him.

They believe Scatchard spent the night after Kelly’s death (October 15-16) in the Watchet area, which he used to regularly visit.

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CCTV captured at about 9am on Monday, October 16, shows him in the Swain Street area of Watchet. This is the last sighting on CCTV of Scatchard.

One person, who knew Scatchard, has since told police they saw him later that same morning wearing light-coloured shorts when they were driving along Blenheim Road, in Minehead.

Previous public appeals have culminated in more than 80 calls and online reports of potential sightings.

READ MORE: Police search for Scatchard following woman's death in Minehead.

Officers continue to analyse every one of them, but those that have been reviewed have either been discounted or there is insufficient evidence to determine whether it is Scatchard.

The vast majority of the reported sightings have come in the West Somerset area, but police remain mindful he may have travelled to another part of the country, as previously stated.

READ MORE: Dozens of sightings of wanted Richard Scatchard. 


The National Crime Agency is supporting Avon and Somerset Police's efforts to locate Scatchard.

It has provided specialist advice to help develop continuing search plans in a bid to find him.

Enquiries into Kelly’s death are now being led by Avon and Somerset's Major Crime Investigation Team.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Gary Haskins said: “The forensic post mortem examination carried out shortly after Kelly’s death proved inconclusive.

“The circumstances behind Kelly’s death are still unclear despite further test results, but it continues to be treated as suspicious.

"We still wish to speak to Scatchard to see if he can help us progress our enquiries.

“We desperately want to provide Kelly’s family with the answers they deserve as soon as we can.”

He added “The other equally important focus we have, which we particularly want the public’s help with, is the search for Scatchard.

“We are hugely appreciative of everyone who has sought to help our enquiries, from people calling in with information to locals putting in their business windows the wanted posters the Minehead neighbourhood team has distributed.

“We have also had constructive conversations with the National Crime Agency who are providing us support with these searches, for which we are grateful.

“Ultimately, the best chance of us apprehending Scatchard is by a member of the public calling in with key information about his whereabouts.

"This may be through a chance sighting or even someone who has previously been reluctant to come forward – either way we’d please encourage those people to call 999.

“And if Scatchard sees this appeal, we’d urge him to do the right thing and to hand himself in.”


Scatchard is described as a white man, about 5ft 11ins tall and has a Scottish accent. He’s known to have used the name Richard Dunlop previously.

If you see Scatchard, do not approach him. Instead phone 999 and provide the call handler with the reference 5223259285.

If you know where he may be, call 101 and give the call handler the same reference number, or complete the Avon and Somerset Police online appeals form.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via its anonymous online form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.