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'Bike thief' harbour body identified as Darren Wakefield

Sutton Harbour
Image caption Darren Wakefield became trapped between a disused fishing vessel and the harbour wall

A suspected bike thief who died after jumping into a harbour to escape police during a chase has been named.

Darren Wakefield, 35, died on Sunday 12 October after he became trapped between a disused trawler and the harbour wall at Sutton Harbour in Plymouth.

At the opening of his inquest Plymouth coroner Ian Arrow said the cause of death was still to be established.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said Royal Navy divers recovered the man's body close to The China House pub at about 06:30 BST.

Speaking at the inquest Mr Arrow said: "The deceased was involved in a suspected theft of a bike and was pursued by police officers.

"Members of the public saw him jump into the water at Sutton Harbour. He was seen to be submerged under rising water."

The inquest was adjourned.

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