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Man who ran from police vehicle found dead

Marsden Grotto pub South Shields Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man who ran off from a police van after being arrested has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff.

Officers were called to a disturbance in the car park of the Marsden Grotto pub in South Shields. One man was arrested and placed inside the police vehicle. But he ran off while officers were in the process of arresting another man.

After a search his body was found at the bottom of the Marsden Grotto cliffs. The man hasn't yet been identified.

Police say that because of the circumstances the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for investigation.

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Police are appealing for information after a boy was assaulted in South Shields.

The unprovoked attack happened at 10.30pm, on Saturday, May 31, on Chichester Road.

The 12-year-old victim was walking along a rear lane between the Metro lines when two teenage boys and a girl approached him. One of the boys punched him in the face breaking two of his teeth.

The boy managed to get away and ran in the direction of Chichester Metro.

The offender is described as white, aged 17, 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build and wearing a light blue hooded zipped jacket.

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