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Calls for 50mph speed limit on A14

The charity Brake backs calls for speed limit on A14 Credit: ITV Anglia

Campaigners are calling for the speed limit on the A14 to be lowered to 50 miles an hour.

It comes a week after there was widespread disruption on the road following a collision involving two lorries and a car.

The current speed limit is 70 miles and hour.

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Tributes paid to pilot from Essex display team killed in CarFest crash

Tributes are being paid tonight to the pilot killed when his stunt jet crashed in front of thousands of spectators at a car festival organised by television presenter Chris Evans.

Kevin Whyman was flying for the Gnat Display Team who are based in Essex.

While at university, Mr Whyman twice coxed Cambridge to victory in boat races against Oxford.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

Pictures: Flags fly at half mast at North Weald Airfield following pilot death

Flags have been flying at half mast today at North Weald Airfield in Essex following the death of a pilot from a display team based there.

Kevin Whyman was flying a Gnat aircraft that came down at the CarFest event in Cheshire yesterday (August 1).

He was a founder member of the Gnat Display Team that is based at North Weald.

The flags fly at half mast at the airfield today. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Kevin Whyman was a founder member of the Gnat Display Team. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Essex display team operator: Pilot killed in CarFest crash will be "greatly missed"

Kevin Whyman. Credit: gnatdisplayteam.com/Facebook

The operator of a display team in Essex say that one of their pilots who was killed in a crash in Cheshire yesterday (1 August) will be "greatly missed".

Kevin Whyman was flying a Gnat aircraft that came down at the CarFest event at Oulton Park yesterday (1 August).

Mr Whyman was one of the founder members of the Gnat Display Team that operates from North Weald Airfield near Harlow.

The Heritage Aircraft Trust, the operator of the team, say that they will be working with the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accidents Investigation Board to try and figure out what happened.

"The Heritage Aircraft Trust, operator of the Gnat Display Team is very sad to announce the loss of one of its display pilots, Kevin Whyman, at an airshow for CarFest at Oulton Park today. The thoughts of the team are with his family and friends.The Heritage Aircraft Trust will be working with the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accidents Investigation Board to determine the cause of the accident.

Kevin was a Royal Air Force trained fast jet pilot whose enthusiasm for flying the Folland Gnat was infectious. He will be greatly missed by his family, the Team and many friends.

Kevin leaves a wife and young daughter. Please respect the privacy of family members and of the Team at this most difficult time."

– Heritage Aircraft Trust spokesperson

Pilot killed in CarFest crash was from Essex display team, airfield confirms

Kevin Whyman. Credit: gnatdisplayteam.com

A pilot who died when his plane crashed at a motoring event in Cheshire was a member of a display team based in Essex, it has been confirmed.

Kevin Whyman was flying a Gnat aircraft that came down at the CarFest event at Oulton Park yesterday (1 August).

Mr Whyman was one of the founder members of the Gnat Display Team that operates from North Weald Airfield near Harlow.

Flags have been flying at half mast at the airfield as a mark of respect.

"Flags have been flying at half mast at North Weald as the Airfield mourns to loss of one of its pilots – Kevin Whyman – who was killed following an incident involving one of our Folland Gnats during an air display at the Carfest show in Oulton Park, Cheshire.

The Airfield Manager and Operations Team send their condolences to his wife and daughter and the other members of the Gnat Display Team at this difficult time. The whole Airfield is shocked and feels the loss deeply."

– North Weald Airfield spokesperson

Who is Kevin Whyman?

Kevin Whyman was born in Chester and completed a flying scholarship with the RAF at the age of 18.

He studied Economics at Cambridge University, and coxed Cambridge to victory in the 1996 and 1997 Boat Races against Oxford.

He eventually joined the RAF in 1998, before taking up a trading job with an investment bank in London.

After leaving the military, Mr Whyman completed his civilian flying licenses and started flying the Folland Gnat in 2005.

He founded the Gnat Display Team with his colleagues in 1997.

Mr Whyman leaves behind a wife and young daughter.

Stansted Airport at the centre of security scare after 'suspicious package' discovery

Stansted Airport in Essex. Credit: PA

Stansted Airport was at the centre of a security scare last night (July 31) after a "suspicious package" was found in a cargo facility.

Army bomb disposal experts were called in after the package, which was due to be loaded onto a plane, was detected on scanners by FedEx staff.

Staff had to be evacuated and cargo flights were suspended, but passenger flights weren't affected.

However, the incident was stood down shortly after midnight and Essex Police have confirmed this morning that the package contained nothing malicious.

"Police were called shortly before 8pm on Friday, July 31 following the discovery of a suspicious package at the FedEx cargo facility near Stansted Airport.

A cordon was put in place while enquiries were carried out. EOD attended, assessed the package and confirmed that it contained nothing of concern.

The incident was stood down and cordons removed shortly after midnight on Saturday, August 1."

– Essex Police spokesperson
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