A BBC Crimewatch reconstruction of the hours leading up to the death of Alan Jeal resulted in “a number of useful calls” last night.

In the region of 20 people contacted police after the programme was broadcast at 9pm yesterday.

It featured a reconstruction of Mr Jeal’s naked body being found on Perranporth Beach on February 25 this year, together with his last movements and the three bus journeys he took around Wadebridge, Truro, Newquay and Perranporth on the day before.

The programme also included interviews with DCI Dave Thorne, senior investigating officer; Teri Blythe, the artist who produced the impression of Alan which led to his identification; Derek Jeal, Alan’s brother; Matt Pavitt, from the coastguard agency, and some unseen family photographs of Alan as a younger man.

A police spokesman said this lunchtime that while a number of useful calls were received, officers still did not have “significant information” relating to Mr Jeal’s movements following his last sighting at 10.30pm on Monday, February 24 up until the discovery of his body on Perranporth beach at 2pm the following day, Tuesday February 25.

Anyone who has any information that could help with the investigation is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 381 of 1 March, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.