Cornwall murder suspect thought to be in Newbury

Kevin Cooper Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police
Image caption The public should not approach Kevin Cooper

Police investigating the murder of a man from Cornwall believe a suspect in his killing could be in Berkshire.

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

Thames Valley Police are trying to find Kevin Cooper, 33, from Redruth, in connection with Mr Alderson's death.

Police say the public should not approach Mr Cooper, who officers believe could be in the Newbury area.

'Nan' tattoo

He is described as white, 6ft 3in (1.9m) tall, with brown, straight, receding hair and blue eyes.

He has a tattoo of a rose and the word "Nan" on the right side of his neck and has two upper teeth missing.

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

Det Supt Paul Burgan said: "We believe Mr Cooper may be in the Newbury area and urge anyone who sees him to call police immediately."

Devon and Cornwall Police initially thought Mr Alderson had fallen accidentally.

He was last seen leaving his home address of Old Hill, Falmouth, in his red Ford Fiesta Freestyle, some time early in the evening of Friday 17 January.

CCTV footage of what appears to be two occupants in Mr Alderson's car in Falmouth that evening has been studied by police.

The area around the mine, which closed in the 19th Century, is popular with mountain bikers.

Although Mr Alderson was wearing cycling gear, police were unable to find his bike.

His car was later found near his home.

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