Pub death: Arrested duo given bail

Harbour Tavern, Queen Street, Bridlington
Harbour Tavern, Queen Street, Bridlington

A man and woman who were arrested after a body was found in a pub toilet have been re-interviewed by detectives and released on bail again.

The couple, a 50-year-old Bridlington woman and a 32-year-old man from Bridlington, were questioned by detectives who are investigating the death of Karl Staten, aged 61.

The body of Karl Staten was found in a toilet cubicle at the Harbour Tavern

The body of Karl Staten was found in a toilet cubicle at the Harbour Tavern

The body of Mr Staten, who lived at Fort Terrace in Bridlington, was found in the toilets of the Harbour Tavern on Queen Street on Tuesday January 12.

Police officers closed off the pub for forensics teams to carry out their work.

Murder detectives subsequently arrested the Bridlington man and woman, but they were released on police bail and the cause of Mr Staten’s death remains a mystery.

A police spokesman explained: “Enquiries into the unexplained death of Karl Staten are continuing at this time.

“The two arrested, a 50 year old woman and a 32 year old man, both from Bridlington, have recently been re-interviewed and their bail dates re-determined in line with further enquiries.”

The 32-year-old man was detained on suspicion of his murder and a 50-year-old woman was held on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and assisting an offender.

No-one from the Harbour Tavern or Marstons, the firm that owns the pub, have been available to comment on the death of Mr Staten.

And it is not known when or if an inquest will be launched into the 61-year-old’s death.

At the time of the incident, police said Mr Staten’s family, who are from Leeds, were receiving support from specially trained officers.

The police spokesman added the force is keen to hear from anyone who was in the pub at the time, or who has information relating to Mr Staten’s death.

Anyone with information should contact Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101 and quote log number quoting log 144 of January 12.

Alternatively call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit