A barrister for the family of a man who died on Tresco last year has said there were "serious misgivings" about the subsequent police investigation.

The body of Josh Clayton, 23, was found on rocks to the north of the island ten days after he went missing on September 13. Coastguards, police dogs, divers and a helicopter took part in the search, as well as locals and visitors.

However, Josh's family still do not know what happened to him more than a year after his death.  


At a fourth pre-inquest hearing in Plymouth today, their barrister Tom Leeper claimed that were omissions in the police probe, which the Chief Constable should be made aware of.

He said that the full inquest into Josh's death should have been held by now and described the fact that there had been four preliminary hearings as "wholly exceptional".

A barrister for Devon & Cornwall Police apologised for the delay in providing documents, citing "pressure of workload".

Josh, from Taunton, worked at the Ruin Beach Cafe on Tresco. He was in his second season on Scilly.

His family have started selling wristbands to raise money for the Cornwall Search & Rescue team, who "pulled out all the stops to help Josh".

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