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Man on the run from police drowns in Plymouth

A man has drowned in Plymouth after he jumped into the sea to escape police.

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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

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