Police have now identified the man whose death has led to a murder investigation being launched in West Cornwall.

Officers were called to Drift Reservoir near Penzance at 4pm on Thursday (February 18) following reports that a body had been seen in the water.

Emergency services attended the scene and recovered the body of a man. CPR was carried out by police and the ambulance service, and the man was found to have sustained a suspected stab wound to his chest.

He has now been formally identified as 37-year-old Edward Hinds, was confirmed deceased at the scene.

Police said Mr Hinds was originally from the Midlands area but had been living in the Lelant area for the last few weeks.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Steve Hambly, from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who believes they know Edward or may have had contact with him since he moved to the Lelant area of Cornwall.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area of Drift Service Reservoir or Lelant during the period of Monday, February 15 through till Thursday, February 18."

Anyone with any information that may help the investigation is asked to contact police on 101@dc.police.uk quoting log 686 of February 18, 2021.

Yesterday scene guards remained in place at locations in St Ives and Penzance whilst officers continued enquiries, with police saying these were expected to remain in place over the weekend.

A 50-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder in connection to this death remains in police custody.