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He was "loving family man" - family pay tribute to Shoreham air crash victim

54 year-old Mark Trussler was killed in the crash Credit: SUSSEX POLICE

The family of 54-year-old Mark Trussler from Worthing, who died in the Shoreham air crash, describe him as a loving "family man."

Mark, a window cleaner, had taken his motorbike for a spin to Shoreham as he wanted to see the last flight of the Vulcan.

Fiancee Giovanna Chirico said: "It was a nice day and I text him when the flight was due. He replied saying I should get the kids ready so we could take them out to lunch on his return. I said I loved him and he replied 'I love you too, forever.' I didn't hear from him again.

"He was an amazing dad who had a passion for motorbikes and rugby. He would do anything for his kids and they couldn't have asked for a better dad. He loved all his family. He was happy-go-lucky and if you were down he would cheer you up. We are going to miss him terribly."

Mark was a much-loved son, dad, fiance, brother and cousin. He has six children Samantha (pictured), Kaitlin, and Luke, 12, Mia, 10, Sophia, three, and two-year-old Alicia (pictured with Giovanna)

In paying tribute to her father Samatha Hollis said: "My Dad was my best friend and the best father anyone could ask for. He would always make me laugh with his silly jokes. I will painfully miss him every day. I am very proud to be his daughter; he was loved by so many."


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EU ministers to hold extraordinary meeting on migrant crisis

European Union ministers have been called to an extraordinary EU meeting on Sept. 14 to discuss a huge surge in irregular immigration, as European leaders struggle to define a coherent response to the crisis.

Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU presidency and called the meeting, said in a statement:

The situation of migration phenomena outside and inside the European Union has recently taken unprecedented proportions.

In order to assess the situation on the ground, the political actions under way and to discuss the next steps in order to strengthen the European response, the Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn decided to convene an extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council.

– Statement announcing the meeting

The meeting will reportedly be focused on return policy, international cooperation, and investigation and measures to prevent human trafficking.

Earlier today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged other European Union countries to accept a greater share of the refugees, as her government struggles to cope with an expected record 800,000 arrivals this year.

Cross-channel ferry services re-open following blockade

Cross channel ferry services have re-opened Credit: ITV NEWS

Cross-channel ferry services have reopened following a fresh blockade at the Port of Calais which disrupted the bank holiday journeys of thousands of passengers.

Ferry service operators P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways both said services have resumed, however some are still subject to delays.

Passengers at the ports of both Dover and Calais were left stranded for hours on Sunday when movements at the French port were suspended because of the protests.

The industrial action was carried out by disgruntled former staff of the now dissolved MyFerryLink, who used lifeboats to block ships from docking.

Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart said she regretted that the port had been taken "hostage".

In the early hours of Monday morning DFDS Seaways tweeted: "Calais port has now reopened, normal service has resumed. All services are operating to the advertised scheduled with space available."

P&O Ferries added: "Calais port has now re-opened for shipping movements. The Port of Dover is now open again - our services are subject to delays."

Richard Hill, in Calais, said his ferry was unable to leave the port. "Authorities are saying to the captain that they cannot sail past the lifeboats. We are stuck on the ferry along with 2,000 others, luckily we have a seat. The seating is very limited now and people are starting to get weary."

The workers were reportedly protesting over 600 potential job losses caused by the sale of a ferry service between Dover and Calais - MyFerryLink.

Former employees at MyFerryLink have also orchestrated wildcat strikes before this summer, causing delays and cancellations for British holidaymakers looking to cross the Channel.

The French prime minister, Manuel Valls, is due to visit the port today, on what is already one of the busiest days of the year because of the British bank holiday.

The strike action has also coincided with the growing migrant crisis in Calais, which has caused travel chaos all summer.

Family of cyclist killed in Shoreham air crash say his "boundless enthusiasm was infectious"

Richard Smith had been cycling when the vintage jet came down Credit: RICHARD SMITH

The family of Richard Smith, who died along with his friend Dylan Archer in the Shoreham air crash, has issued a tribute.

26 year-old Richard set out from his home in Hove to meet his friend Dylan Archer for a bike ride into the South Downs to join another friend but they were killed when a vintage jet crashed on to the A27.

His family said, "Richard was a lively, good humoured 26-year-old. He worked in marketing and web development at ActSmart, an independent company based in Hove, specialising in providing advice to the cycle industry."

"Richard grew up in Buckinghamshire before going to university in Birmingham. Our family moved to Hampshire in 2008 and Richard returned from university to work in a cycle shop in Cosham. Two years ago he moved to Hove."

"Richard's passions in life were for his family, friends and his beloved bikes. His boundless enthusiasm was infectious. He was a truly wonderful, caring and loving person. He leaves behind his partner Victoria, his parents Julie and Jonathan, and two much-loved brothers William and Edward. He will be so sorely missed by all who knew him."

"All our family appreciate the beautiful tributes to Richard and offers of help and support we have received from friends. Our gratitude and thanks go to Sussex Police for the sensitive and thorough way they have helped us."

Tribute to cyclist killed in Shoreham air crash

Dylan Archer was a keen cyclist Credit: SUSSEX POLICE

The family of Dylan Archer, a cyclist who died along with his friend Richard Smith at the Shoreham air crash, have paid tribute to him.

42 year-old Dylan was on a cycle ride with his friend Richard Smith on the bike that he loved and made himself.

His family said, " Dylan was a kind and loving father, partner, brother, grandson and friend. His dry humour and generous nature will be greatly missed by all who knew him."

"Dylan was a trusted and respected IT consultant, co-founder and Director of a Brighton IT company.

"He leaves behind Alice, his partner of 17 years, their two sons aged 15 and 12, his sister Ruth and two-year-old niece. He was adored by them all."

"The family are very touched by all the tributes, and thank everyone for their kindness and generosity."

"We would also like to extend our gratitude to Sussex Police, who have been amazing in helping us deal with this devastating loss. Their professional, supportive and caring staff have been a comfort to us all and made the whole dreadful experience more bearable."


Man due before court charged with Bexhill murder

A man from Bexhill has been charged with the murder of a 20-year-old woman at her flat in the town.

Paul Withers, 21, has been accused of killing Lauren Masters at her address in Sutherland Avenue. He is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on Bank Holiday Monday.

Sussex Police say the two knew each other. Officers were called to the apartment at 1.35pm on Friday 28th August. The police said the victim died from a stab wound.

"We are appealing to anyone who heard any disturbance or saw anything suspicious around this time on Friday (29 August) in Sutherland Avenue or the surrounding area to contact police.

"Also we would like to hear from anyone who has any other information which could assist this investigation."

– Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft, Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team

Anyone with information can contact the police on 101 or email quoting Operation Rockingham.

Alternatively you can telephone the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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