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Man who died on run from police named

A man who died after jumping into Sutton Harbour to escape from a police chase has been named as Darren Wakefield.

The 35 year old died on 12th October after being chased by police on suspicion of stealing a bicycle. He was seen entering the water before becoming trapped between a boat and the harbour wall, and died despite efforts by the emergency services to save him.

The medical cause of death is still to be confirmed. Mr Wakefield was unemployed at the time of his death, and married but separated from his wife.


Man on the run from police drowns in Plymouth

The man drowned in Sutton Harbour, Plymouth Credit: ITV News

A suspected bike thief has drowned as he was being pursued by police in Plymouth.

The unnamed man became trapped between a disused fishing boat and a harbour wall in Sutton Harbour shortly after six o'clock this morning.

Navy divers, police and the coastguard desperately tried to get to him, but his body was later recovered from the water.

"Police were called to reports of the theft of a bicycle from Citadel Road East in Plymouth around 6.10am.

A man was located by police but he made off and was followed by officers into Sutton Wharf.

The man was seen by members of the public to enter the water close to The China House pub around 6.30am.

He became trapped between a disused fishing vessel and the harbour wall.

Two lifeboats and the fire service water rescue team were deployed but were unable to reach the man due to his location. The Royal Navy dive team was deployed and have recovered the body of the man."

– Devon and Cornwall Police


Boost for plans for new marina in Plymouth

Millbay’s lead developer English Cities Fund (ECf) today announced it has completed a long lease agreement with Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc to build and operate a new marina at the heart of Plymouth’s most significant regeneration scheme.

It follows the announcement last year that ECf and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) had selected Sutton Harbour Holdings as its preferred operator for the marina, within Millbay’s inner basin, and associated shore side facilities.

Bringing Millbay’s waterfront back into active use is a key part of the regeneration plans. It will help establish Millbay as a destination for local people and visitors as well as acting as a catalyst for future development.

“We are delighted to have completed this lease agreement and to be working with Sutton Harbour Holdings to bring forward this important element in the regeneration of Plymouth’s waterfront.

– Duncan Cumberland, Muse Developments

The developers say that the deal paves the way for the start of construction of the new 171 berth King Point Marina which will bring the inner basin back to life – transforming it into a busy waterfront setting.