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Coroner to hold 'full and fearless' inquiry into air crash

The coroner said she will conduct a 'full and fearless inquiry' into the Shoreham air disaster that killed 11 people. Credit: PA

A coroner opened the inquest into the Shoreham air disaster today and said she will hold a "full and fearless inquiry" into the tragedy.

Opening the inquest at the County Hall North in Horsham, West Sussex, senior coroner, Penelope Schofield, confirmed the names of the 11 victims of the August 22 crash and led a minute's silence.

I will conduct and full and fearless inquiry as the law requires but as you can imagine this will take time for the various agencies to report to me.

Many people have been affected by the tragic events on August 22 and my thoughts are primarily with the families.

– West Sussex senior coroner, Penelope Schofield

As inquiries continue by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, Ms Schofield adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.

A pre-inquest review will be held on March 22 and Ms Schofield said she would provisionally set the full inquest into all the deaths next June.


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11th Shoreham airshow victim named as Graham Mallinson

Tribute to Graham Mallinson

The family of Graham Mallinson, who died at the Shoreham air crash while watching the airshow from the A27, has issued the following tribute.

Mr Mallinson, was a 72-year-old retired engineer from Newick in East Sussex was a passionate steam railway enthusiast and brilliant photographer.

"He was the kindest and most generous man, who regularly gave his time to help others. Always loyal and reliable, he was a private and loving family man with a great sense of humour. A very caring husband and father who was dearly loved, he will be very sorely missed by all his family and the wide circle of friends who had the good fortune to know him."Educated at Dulwich College, he joined Tannoy in the 1960s - moving on to hold various posts in the electronics industry until his retirement. As a highly respected engineer, he was a perfectionist in everything he did and this carried through into his private life, including photography.

"He was a life member and active volunteer of the Bluebell Railway, contributing a wealth of knowledge and experience over many years.

"More recently he developed an interest in photographing vintage aircraft and was at Shoreham to capture one of the last flights of the Vulcan bomber.

"He loved driving and covered thousands of miles throughout the UK- from the Scottish Highlands to the West Country - in his pursuit of steam.His hobby also took him overseas to South Africa as well as Ireland, Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight.

"He was at the right place at the wrong time, doing what he loved best on a beautiful summer's day."

Police 'reinforce' positions outside Budapest station

Migrants rest outside the main Eastern Railway station in Budapest as police look on. Credit: Reuters

Police in Hungary are to "reinforce" their positions outside the international railway station in the capital city Budapest.

In a statement, officers also said that the volume of refugees and economic migrants arriving from Serbia and elsewhere "continues to grow by the hour".

They said officers working jointly with colleagues from Austria, Germany and Slovakia also were searching for migrants travelling illegally on other Hungarian trains and described the security push as compatible with the EU's policy of passport-free travel.


James Graham Mallinson named among Shoreham victims

James Graham Mallinson is the 11th person to be named as a victim of the Shoreham air crash, ITV News' Peter Smith reports.

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