St Austell murder – Steve Double: “Homeless Charity should control residents”



As Police continue to investigate the death of a man whose body was found in a park on Truro Road, St Austell early on Wednesday morning, Steve Double the Tory MP for St Austell has caused an offensive row by accusing the management of a homeless shelter of not controlling its residents.

The victim has yet to be formally identified and his next of kin are being located.

Management at nearby Cosgarne Hall, a hostel for the homeless, have now confirmed that both the victim and all three people who were arrested yesterday were residents of their facility.

Steve Double started a row by first of all releasing a statement saying

“I have  been in close contact with local police about this incident and the facts around it and am pleased they have acted quickly and already have three men in custody.

I think the management of Cosgarne Hall need to answer some very serious questions here.

If they cannot manage the residents and prevent this sort of thing happening then they need to consider the future of their hostel, which we are again seeing bring the most unacceptable forms of behaviour in to our town.”

But management have reacted saying his statement is part of a campaign to close the hostel. The chairman of trustees released a statement saying he was “disappointing however to read that local MP, Steve Double, sees fit to take this opportunity to attack us yet again in his campaign to close down our facility”.

The MP shot back “So Cosgarne have reacted accusing me of having a campaign to shut them down. I wasn’t actually aware I had such a campaign. Now there’s an idea……”

Reacted strongly to his remarks

Teresa Lindeyer’s reaction on our FB page was typical  : “I am so incensed by this, I don’t know where to start. What sort of draconian, Victorian workhouse- mentality is this? He should be looking at how to help homeless people ( I have a few suggestions) and the root causes of this ( again, Tory policy is a huge part to blame)”.

Steve’s own page has had a deluge of comments echoing Teresa’s comment but some are in support of him.


Police attended a park on Truro Road yesterday morning [Wednesday 11 January] just after 5am after a member of the public discovered the body of a man.

Detective Inspector Ben Beckerleg of the Major Crime Investigation Team said: “The post mortem results have confirmed that the man had died from a knife wound.

“The cordons around Truro Road Park and Bridge Road have now been lifted.”

A 24-year-old man, a 22-year-old man, and a 21-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody.

All three men remain in custody where they will be interviewed by Detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Team.

Police are appealing for witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious.