David Alderson murder: Arrest over copper mine body find

David Alderson Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police
Image caption David Alderson was wearing cycling gear when his body was found

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder over the death of a man whose body was found at a disused copper mine in Cornwall.

The body of David Alderson, 72, from Falmouth, was found on 18 January at Wheal Maid, near Carharrack.

A 33-year-old man from Redruth was arrested in Newbury, Berkshire by Thames Valley Police.

Devon and Cornwall Police said he would be returned to Cornwall for questioning.

Mr Alderson was last seen leaving his home on Old Hill, Falmouth, in his red Ford Fiesta Freestyle, on the evening of 17 January.

He was found wearing cycling clothing and the area around the mine, which closed in the 19th Century, is popular with mountain bikers, though police have been unable to find his bike.

His car was later found at his home.

His death was originally thought to have been as a result of an accidental fall, before officers later concluded he had been murdered.

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