Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Family's Wait for Answers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Family's Wait for Answers

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Byline: By Paul McMillan

Relatives of a father-of-one who fell to his death after a night on the town are still waiting for answers more than a year after his death.

An inquest has yet to be arranged for Tony Dockerty, 25, who fell from the Swing Bridge after a night on Newcastle's Quayside in November 2003.

Mr Dockerty, from Throckley, Newcastle, was seen trying to swim towards a pontoon in the middle of the bridge, but currents swept him towards the High Level Bridge.

A search was launched involving a police helicopter, firefighters and members of Tynemouth Volunteer Life Bridge, but his body was not recovered for weeks.

It was returned to his family in January last year before mourners flocked to a service at West Road Crematorium.

Following Mr Dockerty's death, three men were arrested but the Crown Prosecution Service later decided not to bring any charges against them, citing lack of evidence.

But relatives are angry that a date for an inquest to examine the circumstances surrounding his death has still to be arranged. …

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