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.
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.
The Sutton Harbour Swing Bridge in Plymouth reopens today. The footbridge was closed in May for essential maintenance to be carried out. Talks are ongoing on whether a new, sturdier bridge should be built as an alternative in the future.
Another important milestone in the redevelopment of Plymouth's waterfront has been given the go-ahead. A 171 berth marina is to be created next to Millbay Docks.
It's the latest phase of a long term plan to regenerate the whole area, as our Plymouth Correspondent Jonathan Gibson reports:
A new marina has been given the go ahead in Plymouth. King Point will provide 171 berths at Millbay as part of the ongoing project to regenerate this part of the city.
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.
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.