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Police arrest Carharrack tin mine murder suspect Kevin Cooper in Reading raid

By WBJLock  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

David Alderson (left) and Kevin Cooper (right)

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A man hunted by police in connection to the suspected murder of a Falmouth cyclist near mine works in Carharrack has been arrested in Reading this morning.

Kevin Cooper, 33, from Redruth is wanted as part of an investigation into the death of David Alderson, 72, who was found dead with “serious head injuries” at Wheal Maid, near Carharrack, on January 18.

Devon and Cornwall police had tracked Cooper to the Plymouth area and then to Reading where they raided an address in the early hours, arresting him, and a number of others on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Supt Paul Burgan said the public had provided information following an appeal through the local force.

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"The suspect has been arrested during the night at an address in the Newbury area and will be transported to Cornwall for questioning," he told the West Briton’s sister paper Western Morning News today.

Detectives originally thought Mr Alderson - a retired driving instructor, whose body was discovered in cycling clothes and clip-on, cleated shoes - had suffered a cycling accident at the disused Cornish tin mine.

But CCTV footage revealed that he travelled from his Falmouth home to the mine works by car, sparking a full-scale murder inquiry.

A post mortem showed Mr Alderson had died from serious head injuries.

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