Final farewell to South Shields cliff-death footballer

THE funeral of a South Tyneside man who was found dead at the bottom of cliffs, after escaping from police custory, will take place next week.

Father-of-two Karl Carson was discovered at the foot of Marsden cliffs following a search of the area in the early hours of last Sunday.

The 26-year-old had escaped from a police car after being arrested by officers who were called to deal with a disturbance in the car park of the Marsden Grotto pub at about 12.34am

Mr Carson, from Boldon Colliery, had been placed inside a police vehicle. But as officers went to arrest a second man, police say that he escaped and ran off.

His body was discovered at th e bottom of the cliffs at 1.03am.

Officers who found Mr Carson carried out CPR until paramedics arrived.

An air ambulance was also called, however he was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

The incident was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) because of the contact Mr Carson had with officers from Northumbria Police prior to his death.

The case has been now been passed back to Northumbria Police to conduct its own inquiry.

The funeral of Mr Carson, a keen footballer, who played for Boldon CA, will be held at South Shields Crematorium, John Reid Road, South Shields on Thursday.

The service will be held at 11.30am.

The family have requested family flowers only and donations in lieu to a nominated charity yet to be announced.

Last week, tributes were paid to the footballer by his team manager Jason Jones who described him as a “real character” who “made people believe that they could turn the game around and win” whenever the match wasn’t going the team’s way.

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