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Emergency services called after car goes over cliffs

Frenchman's Bay
Frenchman's Bay

A car has gone over coastal cliffs in South Tyneside.

Police, Coastguard and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have been called to Frenchman's Bay, between South Shields and Souter Lighthouse.

A police spokesman said: "At 7.47am today (Thursday), police received a report that an unoccupied car had gone over the cliffs at Frenchman's Bay, South Shields.

"It does not appear that anybody has been injured.

"Emergency services are currently checking the area as a precaution."

A Coastguard spokesman said: "We are assisting the police with an incident."

The incident comes less than a day after a man died in a fall from cliffs at Marsden.

Emergency services were called following reports that a man had fallen at around 3.30pm today.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Police were called at 3.26pm by a member of the public who reported that a person had fallen from the cliffs at Marsden.

"A man has sadly died.

"Police are not treating it as suspicious."

A North East Ambulance spokeswoman said: "We were called at 3.24pm to an incident at Marsden Rocks.

"We sent one officer, two Hazardous Area Response Teams and two double crewed ambulances."

Police and ambulance crews left the scene at around 5.30pm.

A South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade spokesman said: "The brigade was tasked to a cliff fall at Marsden.

"Upon arrival Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were already on scene.

"Information was then relayed that the casualty had unfortunately been declared deceased. "Brigade members, together with Sunderland Coastguard recovered the casualty to the cliff top to a waiting ambulance."