From Devon & Cornwall Police:

Police in Cornwall have launched a murder investigation following the death of man in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 23 July).

Detective Inspector Ilona Rosson from the Major Crime Team said: “We were called following an altercation at a property on Wallace Street, Bodmin just after midnight on Sunday 23 July.

“It is currently believed that following this altercation, a number of people fled the scene, one of which had sustained a serious injury.

“We believe that the injured person was taken to Bodmin Hospital by a member of the public. Despite the best efforts of those at the scene, an 18-year-old local man died of his injuries in the car park of Bodmin Hospital.

“Formal identification has yet to have taken place, but his next of kin have been informed.”

Devon & Cornwall Police

A scene guard remains in place within the car park of Bodmin Hospital. At this time there is no notable impact on those who need to attend Bodmin Hospital for treatment, which remains open.

DI Rosson added: “Officers attended Wallace Street following the initial call that we received and arrested a 17-year-old local male on suspicion of murder; scene guards remain in place in and around the area as enquiries continue.

“We have also since arrested an 18-year-old local man on suspicion of aggravated burglary.  

“We are appealing for witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who was in the area of Wallace Street, Berrycombe Road, and the A389 between Cardell Road and Bodmin Hospital between 10:00pm Saturday 22 July and 1:30am on Sunday 23 July.

“Finally, we are appealing for CCTV, doorbell camera and dashcam footage that covers these areas during the stated time period as part of our investigation.

“We appreciate that this type of incident will come as a shock to the local community. We ask that people refrain from speculating on social media and if you know anything that could assist with the investigation, that you contact the police immediately.”

Our public can expect to see a heightened police presence in the area as enquiries continue.

Anyone who may be able to assist with the police investigation is asked to contact police via the Force website or by telephone on 101, quoting crime reference 50230202857.