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Carjacker steals taxi then drives off cliff.

A carjacker who stole a taxi at knifepoint and then drove off a 120ft cliff to his death has been named by police.

Brian Tate was sitting in his black Nissan Primera yesterday when Stephen Heslop, 22, pointed a knife at him and forced him out of the car.

The 41-year-old, who works for taxi firm Marsden Taxis, then saw his vehicle being driven over the cliff at Marsden Grotto car park in South Shields and crashing onto rocks below.

Police, ambulance, fire brigade, police helicopter and the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade were all called to the scene.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, Mr Heslop, of Lincoln Road, South Shields, died.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "A report was received that a local man had been robbed at knifepoint and his car was stolen. This vehicle was then driven off towards Whitburn. It crashed through the barrier and was driven over the cliff and onto the beach."
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Date:Dec 28, 2007
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