An inquest into the death of a popular South Tyneside footballer was due to start today.
The body of Karl David Carson, 26, was found at the bottom of cliffs at Marsden, South Shields, in the early hours of July 6, last year.
He was a character in the dressing room, and when things weren’t going well, he lifted spirits and made people believe that they could turn the game around and win.Jason Jones, Boldon CA manager
The father-of-two, of Arnold Street, East Boldon, died after escaping from police custody.
He had been at an engagement party at the Marsden Grotto pub, when a fight broke out in the car park.
Police officers were called at 12.34am and Mr Carson, who played football for Wearside League outfit Boldon CA, was arrested in connection with the fight, and placed inside a police vehicle.
But as officers went to arrest a second man, Mr Carson escaped from the vehicle and ran off.
A search was carried out to find him, but tragically at 1.03am his body was found at the bottom of Marsden cliffs.
The air ambulance was called and Mr Carson was given CPR treatment by officers until paramedics arrived, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
His death was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and a full investigation was launched by Northumbria Police.
Now, an inquest will be led by South Tyneside Coroner Terence Carney. It is expected to run all week at Gateshead Civic Centre.
At the time of his death, Boldon CA manager, Jason Jones, paid tribute to him.
He said: “He was a character in the dressing room, and when things weren’t going well, he lifted spirits and made people believe that they could turn the game around and win.”