Police identify Sidmouth car cliff plunge death man

Police have identified a man who died when his car plunged from Sidmouth cliffs, landing on the beach below at Jacob’s Ladder. 

The man, aged 65, from the Derby area, died in Sidmouth on Wednesday, November 6, when his vehicle went off cliffs from the Peak Hill area.

Police said the man’s death was not suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “Formal identification has taken place of a man who died when his vehicle went off cliffs in Sidmouth on Wednesday.

“A 65-year-old man from the Derby area was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.”

The emergency services were called to Peak Hill Road at 9.25am on Wednesday after a car left the clifftop and landed on the beach below.

A man was pronounced dead at the scene and police enquiries began to confirm his identity and establish the circumstances surrounding his death.

The emergency services recovered the car from the beach on Wednesday evening.

Roads nearby, and the beach, which had been closed to the public, were reopened.

Police, Coastguard teams and helicopter, ambulance, Lifeboats from Exmouth and Sidmouth, the air ambulance and the fire service attended the scene.

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