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.