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Rider reported concerns to National Trust staff two days before man’s body found

Police in Cornwall investigating the death of a man found dead at the foot of a cliff near Hayle on the county’s north coast have issued an appeal for a cyclist whom they believe may have seen him beforehand to come forward.

On Wednesday 2 July, the male cyclist, wearing an orange top, told staff at a National Trust kiosk that he had seen a man acting suspiciously at the top of the cliff at Godfrey Point.

National Trust staff told Devon & Cornwall Police of the bike rider’s concerns, and two days later the body of a man, believed to be the same one the cyclist saw, was found at the foot of the cliff.

Police say that the man has not been formally identified, and that they are not treating the death as suspicious.

The cyclist is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 948 of 3 July.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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KiwiMike [1074 posts] 1 year ago
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Was about to start ranty comment about how just because a suspected criminal was on a bike that doesn't mean they are a 'cyclist' and how Road.CC should stop reporting on every bloody minutely-tangentially-related thing that comes within 100 miles of a velocipede as newsworthy, but then read the article.

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mad_scot_rider [581 posts] 1 year ago
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KiwiMike wrote:

Was about to start ranty comment about how just because a suspected criminal was on a bike that doesn't mean they are a 'cyclist' and how Road.CC should stop reporting on every bloody minutely-tangentially-related thing that comes within 100 miles of a velocipede as newsworthy, but then read the article.

I read the headline and had the same reaction

This highlights either

- the danger of ambiguous headlines
OR
- how ready we are to go off on one

hmmmm

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 1 year ago
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I came into this article in the same frame of mind. Sounds like someone might have jumped and they are just looking for witnesses.

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AnalogueAndy [30 posts] 1 year ago
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Thoughts are with the poor guys friends and family.  2 Having been there myself I only now know sadly how many people (esp men) lose their life through suicide (over 6,000).

No criticism whatsoever meant of the poor cyclist, (who did the right thing clearly) but please, intervene and speak to anyone you see who might need help. You could save a life.

http://www.rethink.org/get-involved/campaigns/finding-mike-film

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goggy [153 posts] 1 year ago
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For a moment there I thought the cyclist gave him a nudge...  39

Misleading headline...again

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leqin [155 posts] 1 year ago
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Agreed - this is another typical example of a headline that seems deliberately designed to draw users of the site into having a rant while jumping to a conclusion what the news article is about. Obviously all those unemployed journalists from closed down newspapers are being put to good use.

Why doesn't this headline say 'Police seek cyclist who may have witnessed suicide' - less inflammatory and says everything that needs to be said as well as showing due deference towards the unfortunate person who died.

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VeNT [50 posts] 1 year ago
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it's....shall we say a "Popular" stepping off point.
also known as "hells mouth"
there's a few cars down there and get a few people jumping off around there every year.
there's a cafe there any everything if you change your mind, tho you're better off going over to the much better godrevy cafe round the headland.