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First female Bishop of Taunton officially consecrated

Ruth Worsley is the first female Bishop of Taunton Credit: CofE

The first female Bishop of Taunton will be officially consecrated in a service at St Paul's Cathedral at 11am this morning.

Ruth Worsley was previously Archdeacon of Wiltshire.

She will be formally installed in her new post in a ceremony at Wells Cathedral at 2pm Saturday 3 October, which will be open to all.


Taunton picks up Gold in the South West in Bloom

Taunton picks up Gold in the South West in Bloom Credit: ITV News

Taunton has picked up the Gold award in the South West in Bloom competition.

The awards were announced at a special ceremony at Dartmouth Naval College in Devon.

Bath Place won a special It’s Your Neighbourhood award with judges dubbing the historic street as “thriving.” The campaign is part of the wider Britain in Bloom initiative, for smaller community groups.

Winning gold is a terrific achievement for Taunton. We are justifiably proud of our wonderful parks, open spaces and floral displays so the award is really gratifying.

It’s also real recognition to all the hard work that has gone into making Bath Place look even more attractive so I would like to congratulate all involved.

We owe a huge debt of thanks to all those volunteers who give up their time and energy to help Taunton look its best. We were delighted to win Green Flag awards for our parks earlier this summer so the gold award is the icing on the cake!

– Cllr Catherine Herbert, Taunton Deane Borough Council

Coroner to examine body thought to be missing Josh

The body is thought to be that of Josh Clayton from Taunton who went missing on Tresco Credit: ITV News

A coroner is due to begin their examination of a body found on rocks on the Isles of Scilly.

It is thought to be that of 23 year old Josh Clayton from Taunton who went missing on Tresco on Sunday 13 September.

The body was spotted by a French yachtsman on the uninhabited island of Tean and was brought to the mainland last night, 24 September.

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Body found off the Isles of Scilly still to be identified

It is feared that the body found last night is that of Josh Clayton, who worked on the Tresco estate Credit: Family

It was the news everyone who was searching for Josh Clayton dreaded to hear.

Last night the crew from St Mary's Lifeboat recovered the body of a man from rocks in the sea off Tresco. The body had been spotted by a French yachtsman on the uninhabited island of Tean.

It was close to where the 23-year-old from Taunton was last seen and while there won't be any identification of the body for some days to come, his friends and family are mourning.

Josh Clayton had worked on the Tresco estate for a number of seasons and it was after a night out with colleagues, on Sunday 13 September, that he went missing, prompting extensive searches.

Josh's family had travelled to the island for the investigation but have now returned home. Police say they will make sure they are updated.

We spoke to Sgt Colin Taylor from Devon & Cornwall Police on the Isles of Scilly earlier today and he told us what would be happening to the body they had recovered.


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Body found in the search for Josh Clayton

Josh Clayton Credit: Family

A body has been recovered this evening by St Mary's Lifeboat from the sea to the North of Tresco on the Isles of Scilly.

Police have made this statement tonight:

"No formal identification has been made at this time however the family of missing person Josh Clayton have been informed of the developments and enquiries continue".

23-year-old Josh Clayton, who's from Taunton, went missing on Tresco on Sunday 13 September.

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Search abandoned for missing Josh

Josh Clayton has not been seen since Sunday 13 September Credit: Family

The search for a missing 23-year-old man on the Isles of Scilly has been called off after teams failed to find any sign of him.

Josh Clayton from Taunton went missing on Tresco in the early hours of Sunday 13 September.

Police carrying out a detailed search for Josh Clayton Credit: Isles of Scilly Police

The Cornwall Rescue Group were called in to help officers look for him, the Coastguard have searched the coastline and the police dive team have carried out inland water searches.

Despite this, Josh has not been found.

The Isles of Scilly policing team will now return to St Mary’s where they are based.

We have done everything possible to locate Josh with the resources available.

“We are as certain as we can be that he is not in the areas where we have searched.

“Search teams have searched all of the areas where he is most likely to have been but have not been able to locate him.”

– Chief Inspector Mark Bolt, Devon and Cornwall Police
Cornwall Search & Rescue Team looking in undergrowth on Tresco Credit: ITV News

Josh’s family have been informed that the search has ended.

Search continues for 8th day for Josh Clayton

Police continue to search for Josh Clayton Credit: Isles of Scilly/Facebook

Police searching for Josh Clayton from Taunton who has been missing for a week say they have still not found him.

The 23 year old was last seen on the Isles of Scilly early last Sunday morning.

Sniffer dogs and helicopters have had to be brought in to search the difficult terrain.

And police have thanked the local community for their help in the search:

The search for Josh is in its eighth day. I am saddened to report that despite considerable effort we have not yet found him. He went missing in the early hours of Sunday 13th September. The search for him continues both on land and in the water.

The Cornwall Rescue Group and other local volunteers continue to comb the island. Devon and Cornwall Police Divers have now entered the few expanses of inland fresh water and surrounds along with some coastal diving. People from Scilly and further afield have been very helpful with their encyclopaedic knowledge of the island and its nooks and crannies to help inform the search. It really is a marvellous community that has pulled out all the stops for this young man.

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