Huddersfield man in court over double murder in Cornwall

Danny Butler (left) exchanging blows with Brett Flournoy during the quarter finals of the Light-middleweights Prizefighter Tournament in London.
Danny Butler (left) exchanging blows with Brett Flournoy during the quarter finals of the Light-middleweights Prizefighter Tournament in London.
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A MAN arrested in Huddersfield last week has appeared in a Cornish court charged with the murder of two men.

Thomas Haigh, 25, faced magistrates accused of killing Brett Flournoy and David Griffiths, who disappeared more than a month ago.

Detectives investigating the deaths of the two men arrested Haigh earlier this week.

Haigh, of no fixed address, faced Bodmin Magistrates’ Court and was remanded in custody to appear before Truro Crown Court tomorrow.

Another man, Ross Stone, 28, has already been before magistrates in connection with this case, charged with disposing of a body to obstruct a coroner.

He will also appear at Truro Crown Court tomorrow.

Earlier this week police confirmed a van unearthed in a field north of the Cornish town of St Austell contained two bodies, which have yet to be formally identified.

Detectives using dogs and specialist underground search equipment found the human remains and van full of soil on land at Trenance Downs.

A link to illegal drugs is one line of inquiry being followed by the team of up to 60 police officers investigating the murders.

Mr Griffiths, a father of three originally from Plymouth but living in Bracknell, Berkshire, and Mr Flournoy, a boxer and father-of-two from the Wirral, Merseyside, were last seen on June 16. Police appealed for help finding them a week later.

They are known to have arrived in Cornwall at around 7.30pm for what police called a “social visit”.

It is thought the two men were travelling in a white Citroen Berlingo van, registration A10 VVR, which had “Tile Style” written in brown on both sides.

Mr Flournoy, 31 - who had a partner, Kelly, and two young sons, Reis and Callum - is known to have picked up Mr Griffiths, 35, in the van from the car park on the Plymouth side of the Tamar Bridge, which links Devon and Cornwall, at around 7pm on June 16.

It is thought the men travelled across to Saltash in east Cornwall but were not seen alive again. Police said last week that, despite having no bodies at that stage, they were treating the probe as a double-murder inquiry.