A SENIOR police officer has described an incident where a South Tyneside man died after he escaped from custody as “tragic”.
Karl David Carson, 26, was found dead at the bottom of cliffs at Marsden in South Shields in the early hours of Sunday.
At 12.34am today, officers were called to a report of a group of people fighting in the car park at the Marsden Grotto pub.
They attended and arrested a man in connection with the fight, and he was placed inside a police vehicle.
As officers went to arrest a second man, their first prisoner escaped and ran off.
Inquiries were carried out to locate him, and at 1.03am his body was found at the bottom of Marsden Grotto cliffs.
The air ambulance was called and the man was given CPR treatment by officers until paramedics arrived.
Ambulance crews treated the man, however he was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.
The area around the cliffs has been cordoned off by police while inquiries are carried out into the incident,
There will be officers in the area throughout today to speak to people.
Anyone with any information about the incident, or anyone with any concerns, can speak to officers face to face or by ringing 101, ext 69191
The incident has, in accordance with procedure, been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for investigation.
Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident and our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of Mr Carson.
“As a matter of course the incident was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and we’re co-operating fully with them.
“Specialist officers are providing support to the family and I’d like to reassure people that we’re working closely with the IPCC to establish the full details of this incident.”