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Burglary suspect rescued from sea by Newquay cops

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

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UPDATE: Collins Fearon, 42, of Mount Wise, Newquay, appeared at Bodmin Magistrates' Court this morning charged with burglary.

His case was adjourned until Tuesday, March 18, when it will be heard at Truro Crown Court.

EARLIER: A SUSPECTED burglar had to be rescued from the sea by pursuing cops yesterday after he ran into the heavy surf off a Newquay beach.

The man had waded out under the footbridge at Towan beach fully-clothed at around 9am and was chest deep in water when officers caught up and hauled him back on to the beach.

He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and whisked to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro for a check-up.

Newquay inspector Dave Meredith said: “There was extreme concern for the man’s safety as the tide was coming in and there was heavy surf. This was an outstanding police team effort. I am particularly impressed with the efforts of the two officers who waded into chest high water and heavy surf to rescue this man.”

The suspect, aged 42, was later charged with two counts of burglary and is due to appear at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The RNLI were alerted to the situation but a lifeboat launch request was cancelled after the man was rescued by police officers.

Mr Meredith tweeted that a burglary victim in Newquay was delighted to have had all stolen property returned.

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