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Young man's death ruled as being 'accidental'

Young man's death ruled as being 'accidental'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:43pm 12th December 2018. (Updated at 9:40pm 12th December 2018)

An inquest has ruled the death of a young man on the Isles of Scilly as accidental.

Josh Clayton vanished after a party on Tresco back in September 2015.

The 23-year-old from Taunton worked on the island as a bar manager.

A massive air and sea search was launched, which included the coastguard, a police dive team, Cornwall Search and Rescue volunteers, a lifeboat and specialist dog teams.

His body was pulled from the water 10 days later.

An inquest into Josh's death was put on hold last year, when new evidence came to light.

Police concluded their investigation earlier this year and said that 'no suspicious activity was found and no suspects were identified'.

Now an inquest has ruled that his death was accidental.

Devon and Cornwall Police says their thoughts are with Josh's family on their tragic loss.

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Josh Clayton's body was found on Tresco back in 2015

"I acknowledge the decision of the inquest jury today, Wednesday 12th December that the death of Josh Clayton was accidental.

"Following the suspension of the initial inquest into Josh Clayton’s death we conducted an investigation into the new information that was presented during that inquest.

"I am satisfied that there has been a comprehensive investigation into this matter. We kept an open mind throughout the investigation. There was no evidence of any suspicious activity or indeed any evidence of third party involvement in his death, and therefore no suspects were identified.

"This has been a protracted and difficult investigation and we thank Josh’s family, friends, colleagues, residents of the Isles of Scilly and the wider public for their support in allowing us to ensure it was conducted in a thorough manner. My thoughts, and those of the investigation team, go out to Josh’s family on their tragic loss."

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Parker, Head of Crime and Criminal Justice Department at Devon & Cornwall Police

josh clayton
Now an inquest has ruled that the 23-year-old's death as accidental

"Devon and Cornwall Police acknowledge that questions have been raised about the initial investigation following the report of Josh Clayton as a missing person.

"In cases such as these there are two strands to the police response: the search and rescue phase and the wider investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance. There appears to be agreement that the search and rescue response in this matter was conducted professionally and thoroughly. It is appropriate to reiterate our thanks to the volunteers who assisted us in delivering this phase of the investigation.

"In relation to the wider investigative response, Josh’s family have raised their concerns and these have been dealt with by way of a formal complaint against police. The investigation into these matters is ongoing and to comment on these matters further at this stage would be inappropriate and unfair to those involved."

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Parker

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