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Body found at Watergate Bay identified

The 46-year-old was last seen on 7 March. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police have identified a body that was found washed up at Watergate Bay near Newquay as missing man, John Hurst, from Cornwall.

The 46-year-old was last seen on 7 March in Cubert. The body was found washed up at Watergate Bay on Wednesday 15 March.

Devon and Cornwall Police have now confirmed the identity of the body as John Hurst. His family have been informed.

Troops swap London for Cornwall

Credit: Sgt Rupert Frere RLC

All the King's horses and all the King's men enjoyed the best of the Indian Summer this week as they left the hustle and bustle of London behind in favour of the Cornish coast.

Twelve horses from the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery left their temporary stables in RAF St Mawgan just after dawn this morning to take on the surf on Watergate Bay Beach.

Credit: Sgt Rupert Frere RLC

The freedom and bracing sea breezes are a world away from the unit's high-profile day to day ceremonial activities in the busy capital. Beach work is an essential part of the never-ending work to build trust and confidence between horse and rider.

The Troop hasn't had the opportunity to send horses to Cornwall since 2011, but they always enjoy themselves on these beautiful beaches, and what they learn here will make them better prepared for the rigours of their ceremonial duties in London.

– Captain Nick Watson, The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery


Sun shines for Polo on the Beach

The setting was beautiful for the 8th Polo on the Beach competiton Credit: ITV News West Country

Huge crowds have spent the weekend at Watergate Bay in Newquay, cheering on the teams competing in Polo on the Beach.

Now in its eighth year, the free event has grown to three matches over the weekend featuring some of the world's best players.

Crowds turned out to enjoy the sunshine and polo Credit: ITV News West Country

The highlight of the weekend was of course the match between Cornwall and the Rest of the World.

Excitement builds for Polo on the Beach

Polo ponies practise in Watergate Bay

Let's hope the weather will hold for tomorrow's event Credit: ITV News West Country

Polo enthusiasts have been putting their ponies through their paces today in Newquay. They're training ahead of this weekend's 'Polo on the Beach' event at Watergate Bay. Some of the country's top polo players will be taking part.

t's the first time the free event has been held over the whole weekend.


Dual-format surf contest at Watergate Bay

A stand-up paddleboarder at Watergate Bay, Credit: Rob Jewell

A surfing contest with a difference gets underway today at Watergate Bay near Newquay. The Legends of the Bay competition is the first to combine stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kitesurfing.

Competitors can enter either individual competitions in their favoured sport - a wave jam kitesurf event, or a SUP surf competition - or they can challenge for the coveted title of ‘Legend of the Bay’, which will be awarded to the competitor with the highest combined score from both disciplines.

Luke Whiteside at Watergate Bay Credit: BKSA

The two-day event is the first collaboration between the British Stand Up Paddleboard Association and the British Kitesports Association (BKSA).

Litter pickers get to work on Westcountry beaches

Whether it's picking up plastic or even old shoes, people across the Westcountry are being encouraged to take part in a national beach cleaning event. The annual Beachwatch Big Weekend sees volunteers clear up litter from more than three hundred beaches around the UK.

The event aims to highlight the amount of rubbish and debris washed up on our shores each day. Our reporter Kathy Wardle has been helping out at one clean up in Cornwall.