Arrest warrant for Devon rowing adventurer Simon Chalk

Simon Chalk
Image caption Simon Chalk was the first Briton to row across the Indian Ocean

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Devon adventurer Simon Chalk after he failed to turn up at court.

Mr Chalk, 37, who is also a property developer, was due before Torquay magistrates on Tuesday.

He was summoned for allegedly failing to pay a £13,000 fine for carrying out unauthorised building work to a listed property.

Mr Chalk came to prominence in 2003 after becoming the first Briton to row solo across the Indian Ocean.

Later he was involved in a high-profile, but unsuccessful project called Spirit of Teignmouth, to build a boat to sail round the world.

Torbay Magistrates' Court confirmed that Mr Chalk had failed to appear on Tuesday and a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the arrest warrant was still outstanding.

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