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IPCC will not probe Karl Carson's cliff death

Car park of Marsden Grotto Image copyright BBC news grab
Image caption A lift links the Marsden Grotto to its car park at the top of the cliffs

The death of a man who escaped from a police vehicle and went on to plunge off a cliff edge will not be investigated by the police watchdog.

Karl Carson's body was found next to Marsden Grotto cliffs, at South Shields, in the early hours of Sunday.

Northumbria Police had earlier arrested the 26-year-old, of Boldon Colliery.

It was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, but the watchdog decided the investigation "will remain with Northumbria".

Officers had been in the process of arresting a second man in connection with a fight when Mr Carson "escaped" from the vehicle and "ran off from officers", an earlier Northumbria Police statement said.

His body was then found at the bottom of Marsden Grotto cliffs shortly after 01:00 BST.

An air ambulance was called but he died at the scene.

Northumbria Police declined to comment further.

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