Jury reaches ‘accidental death’ conclusion on dad who fell to death after police incident

Karl Carson.

Karl Carson.

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Jurors have returned a conclusion of accidental death after a dad fell to his death while under arrest.

Karl Carson, of Arnold Street, Boldon Colliery, had been placed in an unmarked police car as officers investigated reports of a fight in the car park of the Marsden Grotto pub, in South Shields, in the early hours of July 6 last year, where he had been at an engagement party.

But while officers attempted to restrain one of his friends, the 26-year-old dad-of-two - who was not handcuffed at the time – climbed out of the car and ran off.

His body was discovered at the foot of cliffs a short while later.

Jurors at an inquest at Gateshead Civic Centre concluded his death had been accidental.