Police have arrested the partner of a missing woman on suspicion of murder. Devon and Cornwall Police say they have serious concerns for the welfare of the 32-year-old woman Kirsty Noden who lives in Marazion, near Penzance.

Kirsty has not been seen by neighbours and there has been no social media activity by her since January 2017.

Police would like to hear from anyone who believes they have seen or heard from Kirsty more recently than January as a matter of urgency. Officers were alerted after receiving a concern for welfare call from a member of public via another police force.

Kirsty, who is also known as Kirby, is described as white, of heavy build and is 5ft 8ins tall. She has dark brown hair and a northern accent.

It is understood Kirsty has links to Torquay, Ellesmere Port, Crewe and Merseyside. Police are keeping an open mind as to where she might be.

Due to concerns around Kirsty’s whereabouts, detectives from the major crime investigation team in Camborne have launched an investigation. A 22-year-old man from the Marazion area has been arrested by police on suspicion of murder. This man is currently in custody at Newquay police station and is assisting officers with their enquiries.

Detective Inspector Ben Beckerleg who is leading the investigation said: “We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry. We’re keen to hear from anyone who believes they have seen or had contact with Kirsty since January. It is possible Kirsty has gone somewhere and for reasons not yet clear, does not wish to be found.

“We have arrested this man, who we understand to be Kirsty’s most recent partner, in order to speak to him formally and obtain his account of events. We are urging anyone with information, no matter how small to contact us as soon as possible. Even a small detail could prove critical in this investigation.”

Anyone with any information relating to Kirsty Noden or her whereabouts are urged to contact police on 101 or by emailing 101@dc.police.uk, quoting log 41 of 17 May 2017. People are reminded that information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.