Wirral man's van found in double murder

Police investigating the disappearance of a Wirral boxer and his friend have arrested a man on suspicion of their double murder.

David Griffiths from Berkshire and Brett Flournoy from the Wirral were last seen on Thursday, June 16 when they went to Cornwall, arriving at around 7.30 in the evening.

It is thought the two men were heading to Newquay or St Austell for a night out together but it is not clear if they got that far.

On Wednesday (July 13) detectives in Cornwall arrested a 28 year old on suspicion of the murder of Mr Flournoy and Mr Grffiths after a search of the mans home in St Austell, Mid Cornwall.

Police on Friday told Heart that they had found at least one body and a van buried on farmland in Cornwall.

Detective Inspector Costa Nassaris said: "We believe this is the Citroen Berlingo van we've been looking for, although we haven't been able to positively identify the vehicle at this time as it has extensive fire damage and it's currently full of soil.

"We also believe we've uncovered the remains of at least one individual. A full forensic examination is now taking place.

"The forensic examination of the excavation site, the vehicle and body is a slow and painstaking process and is expected to take at least 48 hours before this element of the investigation is completed."

He said both men's families had been informed of the discovery.

A 28-year-old man from the St Austell area, who is connected to the site being excavated, remains in custody after being arrested in Newquay on Wednesday.

Police said that, because of the unusual circumstances of the inquiry, detectives have used the services of nationally renowned experts in ground radar and excavation, who assisted detectives in identifying the actual site and recovery of the buried vehicle.

Mr Griffiths, originally from Plymouth but living in Berkshire, and Mr Flournoy, from the Wirral, Merseyside, were last seen on Thursday June 16 and were known to have arrived in Cornwall at around 7.30pm that night.