A new police investigation into the death of Josh Clayton has been ordered after the coroner’s inquest collapsed.

Coroner Ian Arrow halted proceedings on the third day after it was revealed that Josh had been involved in a scuffle at a party with some Eastern European men.

During the inquest Josh’s family expressed concerns that he may have been pushed into the water.

Further evidence emerged regarding Josh’s state of mind on the night in question. There was also an allegation that a sexual assault took place and that drugs were used at the party.

Mr Arrow said the witness had to be re-interviewed by police and added: “I would invite Devon and Cornwall police to share their files with the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service].”

The barrister for Josh’s family, Tom Leeper, said they wanted the case referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions and described the police investigation as “inadequate”.

Mr Leeper said the force treated it as a missing persons inquiry rather than a criminal investigation.

Josh vanished in the early hours of 13 September 2015. His body was found washed up on Tean by a French yachtsman.

The ­­cause of death was “unascertained”.

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