A POLICE probe into a man’s death at a South Tyneside beauty spot is continuing today
The man was found dead at the bottom of cliffs at Marsden in South Shields, after being arrested and escaping from police at 12.34am this morning.
It’s understood the deceased had attended an engagement party at the Marsden Grotto in Coast Road, before a fight broke out in the pub’s car park.
Police were called 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 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.
A resident who passed the scene said: “There was police cars everywhere, all along Redwell Bank and the stairs were all cordoned off.
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.
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