Wreckage from angler Chris Newton's boat recovered

Chris Newton Mr Newton's death is not being treated as suspicious

Wreckage from the boat of an angler who died after being pulled from the sea off Cornwall has been recovered.

A search was launched on Wednesday when Chris Newton failed to return home to Cadgwith from a fishing trip.

He was rescued off The Lizard by the crew of the survey vessel Triad after spending several hours in the water, but died later in hospital.

Mr Newton, who was aged 57, was the former environment director of the States of Jersey.

He worked for the Channel Island's government for seven years, before returning to Cornwall in 2009.

Brixham Coastguard said wreckage from Mr Newton's 13ft (4m) boat "Amy Jane" was found drifting near the Eddystone Reef at about 08:30 GMT.

The wreckage was recovered by the RNLI's Plymouth and Salcombe all-weather lifeboats.

It is not known how Mr Newton - who was a keen and experienced angler - ended up in the water.

Devon and Cornwall Police said his death was being treated as unexplained and a report was being prepared for Cornwall Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon.

"Police will now carry out enquiries to fully understand the circumstances of the death, though it's not being treated as a suspicious incident at this time," a police spokesman said.

"Our thoughts are with the family and small community of the deceased at this clearly very difficult time."

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    17:54: News on the hour

    The top stories at 18:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: There's been a mixed reaction to Liberal Democrat proposals for a Cornish Assembly, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg saying devolution would mean more decisions made locally, but Mebyon Kernow dismissed the plans as ill conceived.

    BBC Radio Devon: A number of state secondary schools in the South West are failing their brightest pupils, a report by Ofsted warns.

    17:45: Sally Ann recognition

    A Plymouth volunteer who helps homeless people has received national recognition from the Salvation Army.

    Plymouth Lifehouse

    Lyndsey Withers - a regular volunteer at the Plymouth Lifehouse in the city's Devonport area (pictured), a residential centre for homeless people - has been given the Exceptional Contribution Award at a ceremony in Derbyshire.

    17:35: SW schools 'not helping pupils' BBC Spotlight

    Schools in the south west are among the poorest in England when it comes to helping able pupils reach their full potential, an Ofsted report says.

    Ofsted graphic

    The education watchdog said the most able students in non-selective schools were not being challenged to achieve the highest levels of scholarship, and too few schools set high enough expectations of what these students could achieve. Ofsted regional director Bradley Simmons said those students "will be tomorrow's leaders and they will take our nation forward".

    17:24: Ministers dismiss BT rural domination

    Ministers have dismissed claims of "anti-competitive behaviour" by BT in the roll-out of superfast broadband in the south west as MPs warned of rural areas plunging into "digital darkness", the Western Morning News reports.

    The firm bagged the main £94m contract to get the quickest connections to 90% of properties in Devon and Somerset.

    17:13: Planners against Truro FC plans Andrew Segal Local Live

    Council officers have recommended refusal for retail development plans on the current Truro City Football Club site which would pay for a planned new ground for the club.

    Truro City Football Club ground. Pic: Google

    It is among recommendations that also include turning down plans for a supermarket which would fund a stadium for Cornwall.

    17:04: Lorry sheds load BBC Travel South West

    BBC South West travel has warned of problems on the A30 near Camborne, in Cornwall, as a lorry has shed its load near the Loggans Moor roundabout, on the westbound carriageway.

    In Newton Abbot, Devon, there are reports of an accident on the A380 Torquay Road near the Penn Inn roundabout; and Queensway is blocked due to an accident near Haldon Rise.

    16:54: News on the hour

    The top stories at 17:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced a £5m boost for tourism in the South West.

    BBC Radio Devon: More than £50,000 has been spent in Lynmouth to improve flood protection in the town.

    16:45: Arrests after 'hit and run'

    Two men from the Liverpool area have been arrested after a pedestrian was injured in a suspected hit and run in Tiverton, Devon and Cornwall Police say.

    The man, in his 20s, was hit by a white Ford Transit van in the Barrington Street area at about 18:30 on Tuesday. Police said six detectives were working on the case.

    16:34: Cloudy night David Braine Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

    Tonight will be rather cloudy overnight but it should stay dry with some clear periods. Despite this, it will be frost-free and noticeably milder than of recent nights. Min Temp: 4C (39F)

    Weather map of the south west of England

    Friday will be rather cloudy at times but it should remain dry, with further bright or sunny intervals. Winds will strengthen through the day with some strong gusts over Dartmoor and other areas of high ground. Max Temp: 12C (57F)

    16:25: Motorcycle left embedded in van

    A crash on a busy Plymouth roundabout left a motorcycle embedded in the front of a van, the Plymouth Herald reports.

    The incident, believed to only involve the two vehicles, happened at about 14:00.

    16:14: Cat shooting 'thuggish'

    A man who spent £10,000 to find out who shot their kitten has criticised the lack of a "credible" investigation by police.

    Neil Tregarthen and cat

    Neil Tregarthen told the BBC: "The police were very respectful. But there's a huge difference between getting a crime reference number and having someone credibly investigate what was a very thuggish-type event."

    16:05: Stadium 'kick in teeth'

    Planning officers have recommended permission be turned down for a supermarket that could fund a stadium for Cornwall.

    Cornwall Stadium graphic. Pic: Inox

    Inox, the company behind the proposals, said it needed planning permission for a supermarket at Langarth to be granted so £8m from that could fund the 6,000-seat stadium. Peter Marks, from the Stadium for Cornwall Group, said the planners' recommendation was a "kick in the teeth" for the project.

    15:57: News on the hour

    The top stories at 16:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says plans for an Assembly for Cornwall would see Cornwall Council abolished and replaced with a much smaller body.

    BBC Radio Devon: A piece of Gibraltar is to be installed at an historic east Devon beauty spot as a memorial to the Royal Marines and all commandos who've trained on Woodbury Common, near Exmouth, since 1940.

    15:46: Saintly parades

    People across Cornwall have been celebrating St Piran's Day.

    St Piran's Parade

    See some of the parades and celebrations from around the county on BBC Spotlight, at 18:30 on BBC1.

    15:33: Flybe to open Cardiff base Andrew Segal Local Live

    Exeter-headquartered airline Flybe is to open a new UK base in Cardiff in June, managers say.

    Flybe aircraft

    The company said the move would create 50 jobs and it would be operating 11 routes from Cardiff.

    15:22: Objection over bus station move BBC Radio Devon

    Eleven letters of objection have been sent to Plymouth City Council about plans to move the city's bus station.

    Bus station

    People against £4m plans to move the station from Bretonside to Mayflower Street said they were worried about disabled access to the new site and whether there was enough room for buses to turn. Councillors are to vote on project next Thursday, which has been recommended for approval.

    15:13: Painting sale

    A Beryl Cook oil painting has sold at Plymouth Auction Rooms for £19,200 to a collector in Canada.


    The painting titled Kissing Time is in the Plymouth artist's distinctively vibrant and fun style - Paul Keen of Plymouth Auction Rooms said: "It was a fantastic piece and I'm not surprised it achieved our estimate and sold for the price it did."

    15:04: Tie grilling for Clegg BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has been put on the spot by junior journalists from the BBC School Report project for not wearing a tie.


    An open-shirted Deputy PM seems momentarily bemused after one of the children at Newquay Treviglas School asked him why he wasn't wearing a tie and told him he should because it was "more formal".

    Mr Clegg apologised to the pint-sized Paxman and explained: "I just find having a tight collar round my neck I just don't find very comfortable, so where I can I don't do it and secondly I quite like a little bit of informality, I think so much of politics is a bit stuffy."

    14:59: News on the hour

    The top stories at 15:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Plans for a Stadium for Cornwall could be abandoned next week if councillors follow the advice of local planning officers, who have recommended permission for a supermarket which would fund the project be turned down.

    BBC Radio Devon: People in the EX35 postcode area of north Devon are to benefit from rural fuel rebates after the European Union approved proposals.

    14:47: Online safety

    Inspector Lou Costin, of Devon and Cornwall Police, tweets: Check out the fab new website for http://torbayvirtuallysafe.co.uk online safety advice for parents, young people and professionals. @BeVirtuallySafe

    14:38: Absconding aunt killer jailed Andrew Segal Local Live

    A man who fled to Australia almost two decades ago after walking out of an open prison in Gloucestershire has been sent back to jail.

    Robert Hennessey

    Robert Hennessey, 51, absconded from HMP Leyhill in 1998, while serving a life sentence for the manslaughter of his aunt in Plymouth in 1978, when he was aged 14. He was found in Australia and has been jailed for 16 months after admitting escaping lawful custody.

    14:27: Trelawny singers shout out BBC Radio Cornwall

    Julie Skentelbery and Duncan Warren are hoping to have the pleasure of your company for the Trelawny Shout this evening.


    Duncan will be broadcasting live from the Golden Lion pub in Port Isaac from 19:00 and getting warmed up with those Fisherman's Friends - the plan is for a mass sing song of 'Trelawny' from 21:00.

    14:16: Muddy dog warning

    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency tweets some advice: Some tips for dog lovers everywhere #Crufts2015 #999Coastguard

    14:05: Private prosecution against 'cat shooter' Simon Hall Correspondent, BBC South West

    A family who spent £10,000 on an investigation to find out who shot their kitten say they are considering bringing a private prosecution against those they believe were responsible.


    Neil Tregarthen hired private detectives who carried out a six-week investigation and found a prime suspect near where Farah was shot in Exeter, but police officers refused to back a prosecution. Devon and Cornwall Police insisted the crime was fully investigated.

    13:58: News on the hour

    The top stories at 14:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he is 'throwing his weight' behind a Cornish Assembly proposal.

    BBC Radio Devon: Cornwall & Devon to share in new £5m tourism fund to promote the South West.

    13:44: You're my type(writer) via Facebook

    BBC Radio Devon said on Facebook: Today in the Judi Spiers' office we received a letter written on a typewriter and got all nostalgic about typewriters. We actually found the BBC standby systems for when the computers break.

    Judi Spiers with typrewriter
    13:34: 'Hand job' council ad Andrew Segal Local Live

    Tavistock Town Council announced a vacancy for a "General Hand job vacancy" in an absent-minded bit of Facebooking, The Independent reports.

    The ad was posted on Your Guide to Tavistock's Facebook page, and swiftly edited to "General Hand Level 1 Job vacancy" after followers commented on it possibly being misinterpreted.

    13:24: Law and order? Bill Buckley Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    After a businessman spends £10,000 on a private detective to investigate the shooting of a cat, we're asking 'have you ever taken the law into your own hands?'


    Did it make you feel better and what happened? Call Bill on 0345 301 1034.

    13:14: MK blast Lib Dem promise Tamsin Melville Political Reporter

    A senior Mebyon Kernow councillor has ridiculed the Liberal Democrat promise of a Cornish Assembly as "ill considered" and a "nonsense."

    Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg is on a St Piran's Day tour of Cornwall and has pledged to offer the people of Cornwall a legislative assembly with powers to run local services - if his party are still in government after the general election.


    Councillor Loveday Jenkin said: "There must be an election on - the Lib Dems are talking about a Cornish Assembly. It is an abject shame they have done nothing about meaningful devolution to Cornwall whilst in government over the last five years."

    13:09: Sheds damaged in 'deliberate' fire Andrew Segal Local Live

    A fire which severely damaged two sheds in Exeter is thought to have been started deliberately, Devon and Somerset Fire Service says.

    Firefighters were alerted to the blaze in Chestnut Avenue, by "numerous calls" at about 00:20. As well as damaging the sheds, the eaves and front door of an adjacent property was also affected, the service said.

    12:58: News on the hour

    The top stories at 13:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says a Cornish Assembly "could make a massive difference" as he visits the county to promote moves for greater devolution.

    BBC Radio Devon: St John Ambulance volunteers have accused the charity of "taking their money" in a row over the sell-off of halls - including in Ashburton and Chudleigh - and widespread changes in the organisation.

    12:47: Dead dolphin found on beach

    A dolphin has been found washed up on a north Devon beach, the North Devon Gazette reports.

    The creature was found at Putsborough by a woman out walking her dog. It is not known how the animal died.

    12:39: Trelawny Shout

    Excitement is growing ahead of the Trelawny Shout - a mass community singing of the Cornish anthem 'The Song of the Western Men' at 21:00 tonight. BBC Radio Cornwall will be broadcasting live from the Golden Lion in Port Isaac this evening.

    St Austell Brewery tweets: "Gool Peran Lowen! Happy St Piran's Day from @StAustellBrew. Want to join us?"


    Click here for more details of pubs joining in with the sing song.

    12:30: Cloud moving in Kevin Thomas BBC Weather Forecaster

    It's dry with some spells of sunshine, but it will become increasingly cloudy through the afternoon. Winds will be mainly from the south west and light or moderate.


    It will be quite cloudy tonight, but it should remain dry and there may be some clearer periods developing from time to time. It will also be milder as light to moderate southwesterly winds back to the south and become fresher in the west by morning. Min Temp: 4C (39F).

    12:22: Truro 'hopes to extend home run' BBC Sport

    Truro City manager Steve Tully says he is hoping his side can extend their recent impressive home form after winning nine of their last 10 league games.

    Despite drawing 2-2 with Poole Town, he said: "[I'm] delighted by the way we played and if we can keep that tempo and momentum going at home I think we'll be alright."

    12:13: Fuel rebates approved for Devon Andrew Segal Local Live

    The European Union has approved the rollout of rural fuel rebates in Devon.

    Petrol station

    The county is one of 17 areas in Scotland and England which will allows retailers to claim back up to 5p per litre duty relief on unleaded petrol and diesel, and pass on the savings to customers. It will be introduced on 31 May. The rebate has been in operation in the Isles of Scilly since 2012.

    12:05: St Piran's Day in Derbyshire

    Andy "in exile" Delbridge emails: We are celebrating [St Piran's Day] here in Derbyshire! Sally, landlady at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook near Derby is making pasties for me and my friends to mark the occasion!

    11:59: News on the hour

    The top stories at 12:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Mebyon Kernow says Nick Clegg's offer of a Cornish Assembly is "ill considered" and a "nonsense".

    BBC Radio Devon: Plans have emerged to spend nearly £70,000 of public money on a new shop for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.

    11:48: Cornish Assembly - your views? Laurence Reed Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    So Nick Clegg is in Cornwall today offering voters a promise of a Cornish Assembly - we'll hear from the Deputy PM after 12 noon - Mebyon Kernow have blasted the promise as a "nonsense". Call us with your views on 01872 222222 from 12 noon.

    You're already commenting on the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page.

    • Maire Wilcox says: "It would be awesome if someone could stop the greedy Londoners coming and buying up houses for second homes and pricing the locals out of the economy."
    • Derek Rule warns: "Given the complete and utter pig's ear the present Council is making of Cornwall, if they are elevated to the same status as the Scottish Parliament or Welsh Assembly, I hate to think what further damage they can do to our county."
    11:37: Ambulance hall concerns Sophie Pierce BBC Radio Devon

    Some St John Ambulance volunteers say they're dismayed at decisions to sell off former ambulance halls in Chudleigh and Ashburton.


    One former Superintendant Pamela Tuckett said: "It was the way they treated people that have been there for a long time, put a lot of money and time into St John - it's left a nasty taste in everybody's mouth."

    St John Ambulance says the decision to close the building was taken on health and safety grounds. It's also found a rented building for its volunteers.

    11:26: Appeal for Oratory

    Fundraising efforts are underway to stabilise St Piran's Oratory after the historic structure was excavated from the sand dunes near Perranporth. ‏The volunteers tweet: "We've launched! Crowdfunder to help conserve St Piran's Oratory - it's where it all began! Happy St Piran's Day!"


    You can read more about the appeal here.

    11:15: More power for Cornwall

    Devolution plans for Cornwall have been put forward by the Liberal Democrats as the party's leader Nick Clegg visits the county.

    Nick Clegg

    Mr Clegg said he would try to introduce a new law in the next parliament which would give Cornwall more power over housing, healthcare, education and transport. The Lib Dems told the BBC they were "not in the process of creating more politicians" while advocating for a Cornish assembly but that it would come out out of the existing Cornwall Council.

    11:06: Coach station 'set to go ahead'

    A new coach station is set to get the go-ahead next week when it comes before planners despite concerns over the location and access for disabled users, the Plymouth Herald reports.

    Bretonside bus station

    The city council is proposing moving the bus station from Bretonside to Mayflower Street, investing £4.17m into new facilities which will include a cafe, real-time travel information and a ticket office. However, representatives for the city's disabled community said not enough provision had been made for those with reduced mobility.

    10:56: News on the hour

    The top stories at 11:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Mebyon Kernow rubbishes Nick Clegg's offer of a Cornish Assembly.

    BBC Radio Devon: Exeter kitten killer escapes justice, says businessman.

    10:47: The pride of St Piran

    BBC Radio Cornwall's Tiffany Truscott tweets: The #StPiransDay parade in Falmouth gets underway. Hear more @BBCCornwall this afternoon.

    10:39: Legal high ban in Exeter?

    Legal highs could soon be driven out of Exeter under new plans being drawn up by the city council and police, the Express and Echo reports.

    The city council has revealed it has been closely following progress in Lincoln, where the substances are now banned from public spaces, and have pledged to begin "managing out" the problem in Exeter.

    10:28: Care home standards 'inadequate' BBC Radio Cornwall

    One of Cornwall's best known care home operators has apologised and promised to make improvements after a scathing Care Quality Commission report as inspectors found the Penberthy home in Newquay run by Cornwall Care Ltd was failing to provide care which was safe, effective, responsive or well led - overall the standard of care was rated as 'inadequate'.


    Adrian Hughes, CQC's deputy chief inspector of adult social care, said: "People are entitled to services which provide safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care, and Cornwall Care has let them down."

    10:17: 'Fraud' suspects bailed

    Two men arrested by counter-terror police investigating large-scale fraud linked to UK extremists travelling to Syria have been released on bail.


    The men, aged 29 and 23, were arrested in London yesterday on suspicion of money laundering after vulnerable and elderly victims, including two in Cornwall, were tricked into transferring large sums of money into a stranger's bank account. A 37-year-old man remains in police custody.

    10:09: St Piran's Day breakfast

    Cornwall Food and Drink joined BBC Radio Cornwall on this morning's Outside Broadcast and tweeted: ‏Perfect @BBCCornwall @BreakfastJC St Pirans Day breakfast @WarrensBakery saffron bun in Newlyn #choosecornish

    09:58: News on the hour

    The top stories at 10:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Nick Clegg offers Cornish voters more legislative powers in St Piran's Day election tour.

    BBC Radio Devon: Firefighters in Exeter say a fire that spread from two blazing sheds to a house last night was arson.

    09:46: Clegg hopes for Cornish votes BBC Radio Cornwall

    Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has promised greater legislative power for Cornwall as he starts a St Piran's Day tour of the county.

    The Deputy PM says a new Cornish assembly could control issues such as health spending and property ownership - Lib Dems will hope the pledge will help to revive the party's fortunes in a county where they used to hold all the seats, but now have three out of six MPs.

    Mr Clegg said: "When the Cornish Assembly is born, it would be up to those who are elected to shape Cornwall's destiny."

    09:39: Sunshine in Newlyn

    After the Breakfast programme's Outside Broadcast from Newlyn this morning, BBC Radio Cornwall's James Churchfield tweets: Farewell #Newlyn - thanks for giving us such a sunny view to start on #StPiransDay on @BBCCornwall #Breakfast


    If you missed the programme you can listen again.

    09:28: High waters Bee Tucker BBC Weather

    If you're hoping to enjoy the sunshine around the coasts of Devon and Cornwall before it clouds over, here are the tide times.

    09:17: Museum shop bid BBC Radio Devon

    Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum is asking the council for almost £70,000 to build its own dedicated shop.


    At the moment souvenirs and other items are sold from stalls within the existing building - critics say it's a waste of public money, but the museum manager says it would pay for itself and deliver a profit.

    09:05: 'Choose Cornish' expanding BBC Radio Cornwall

    There are plans to expand the Choose Cornish promotional initiative beyond the world of food and drink.


    Kim Conchie from the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Ruth Huxley from Cornwall Food and Drink told BBC Radio Cornwall's James Churchfield the Choose Cornish slogan could increase trade across the Cornish business sector.

    08:55: News on the hour

    The top stories at 09:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: The Lib Dems promise to create a Cornish Assembly, if elected.

    BBC Radio Devon: Devon and Cornwall Police rejected shot kitten criticism.

    08:46: Bridge over Barle waters

    Exmoor's ancient Tarr Steps feature in a set of first class stamps released today.


    The 55ft long clapper bridge over the River Barle is thought to date back to 1000BC and is a Grade 1 listed monument. Half the bridge was washed away in the winter storms of December 2012, but it's since been repaired.

    08:37: Devolution for Cornwall

    The Liberal Democrats want to offer the people of Cornwall a legislative assembly with powers to run local services.

    Cornish flag

    The option of a Cornish Assembly would be put to a referendum under the party's plans. Nick Clegg - who is in Cornwall today - says the reform would mean housing, healthcare and transport decisions were taken locally.

    08:27: Care home warning BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Care Quality Commission has told Cornwall Care Limited it must make urgent improvements at Penberthy care home.

    Inspectors found that the home in Newquay was failing to provide care which was safe, effective, responsive or well led - overall the standard of care was rated as 'inadequate'. Four CQC inspectors visited Penberthy unannounced after serious concerns were raised by a whistleblower.

    08:15: Kitten killer criticism Simon Hall Correspondent, BBC South West

    A Truro businessman has claimed he was forced to spend more than £10,000 trying to find the killer of his daughter's kitten because Devon and Cornwall Police were "totally impotent" in investigating the case.


    The force insist the crime was fully investigated, but Neil Tregarthen says even when his private detectives carried out a six-week investigation and found a prime suspect near where Farah was shot in Exeter, officers refused to begin a prosecution.

    08:06: Glorious start Kevin Thomas BBC Weather Forecaster

    It'll a cold and largely clear start to the day with an early frost and some lovely spells of sunshine. However, it will become increasingly cloudy as the day goes on although it will remain dry.


    Winds will be mainly from the southwest and light or moderate. Max Temp: 11C (52F)

    08:00: Good morning Matt Pengelly Local Live

    I'll be bringing you all the news, sport, weather and travel updates you need for Thursday.

    Happy St Piran's Day! Make sure you say 'Gool Peran Lowen' to people (they may be somewhat nonplussed). If you want to get in touch, you can email us here.



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