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Death of barman on Isles of Scilly 'not suspicious'

Police say the death of Josh Clayton was not suspicious. Credit: Family

The body of Josh Clayton from Taunton was found washed up on the Isles of Scilly in 2015. Despite concerns from his family, police say no suspicious activity was identified surrounding his death.

A major crime team was called in to take over the investigation into the death of the barman after he went missing on the island of Tresco in September 2015.

Police searching for Josh Clayton - his body was later found washed up on the island of Tean. Credit: ITV West Country

Eleven days after Josh went missing his body was found on rocks on the small island of Tean north of Tresco. He was spotted by a French yachtsman and was brought to the mainland.

A post mortem examination found that Josh had two and a half times the legal limit of alcohol in his body but it was so badly decomposed it was not possible to determine the cause of his death.

An inquest into his death was suspended after the hearing was told how he'd been involved in a scuffle at a party before he went missing and that he could have been pushed into the water.

Police have now concluded their investigation and say that 'no suspicious activity was found and no suspects were identified'.

We have now concluded our investigation on behalf of the coroner.

We have kept an open mind throughout the investigation. No suspicious activity was found and no suspects were identified.

We have kept the family informed throughout this process and they are aware of the outcome of the report.

The file has now been submitted to the coroner.

– Detective Superintendent Steve Parker, Devon and Cornwall Police

Despite the inquiry, Josh's mother Tracey Clayton still suspects foul play. She says the family will have to find other ways to discover what happened to Josh. She and Josh's brother Ashley Cox spoke to ITV West Country today about their concerns.