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Couple jailed after 'violent attack' with screwdriver

Robert Symons & Jenny Turrell have been jailed for three years each Credit: Kent Police

A couple who stabbed a man following a dispute over building work have each been jailed for three years.

Robert Symons, aged 51, and his wife Jenny Turrell, 49, from Swanley attacked the man in Margate on 9th February 2015. The victim had been walking along Ethelbert Gardens in the Cliftonville area of town. He was punched, kicked and stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver.

The pair were found guilty of wounding at Canterbury Crown Court, and were each sentenced to three years behind bars. Turrell was also found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

‘This was a violent, unprovoked attack by a couple, which was aggravated by the use of a screwdriver.

‘The stab wound thankfully missed any arteries and the victim survived but it could have easily been much worse.

‘I’m pleased justice has been served and would like to thank the witness for coming forward and speaking out and supporting the case.’

– Detective Constable Neil Martin, Kent Police
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Coroner confirms all Shoreham victims formally identified

People look at floral tributes left on the Old Tollbridge near the A27 at Shoreham. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

West Sussex's senior coroner has confirmed that formal identification of the victims has been completed and all the families have been informed.

Inquests into their deaths will open in Horsham, West Sussex on Wednesday.

Penelope Schofield said: "Identifying all 11 victims has been a difficult process due to the horrific nature of the accident and the intensity of the fire."

The search is continuing at the scene in order to recover all the remains, West Sussex County Council have said.


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Fiancee of feared Shoreham crash victim speaks of grief

Mark Trussler has not been heard of since the accident last Saturday. Credit: Giovanna Chirico/Facebook

The fiancee of motorcyclist Mark Trussler, who is missing and feared dead after the Shoreham air crash, has posted on Facebook saying her worst fears have been confirmed.

Giovanna Chirico said she has lost "her fiance, best friend, soulmate and sidekick".

Giovanna Chirico said her 'worst fears' have been confirmed. Credit: Giovanna Chirico/Facebook

Sussex Police have not officially confirmed Mr Trussler's death. Eleven people are thought to have died in the tragedy.

A minute's silence is being held today to mark the exact time last Saturday when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the busy A27 during the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex.

Check before travel: First Great Western trains strike

Revised timetable in place on First great Western due to strike

Workers at First Great Western trains are taking part in a three-day strike over the Bank Holiday weekend. The walkout is causing disruption for travellers. The firm is advising people to check before they head out.

The walkout is part of the RMT union's protest over the introduction of new Hitachi inter-city trains. It follows a 48-hour strike last month and 24 hours of action last week Sunday which led to widespread disruption to services.

The industrial action has not stopped thousands of music fans who turned up for the Reading Festival which started on Thursday. The challenge for the festival-goers will be getting home on Bank Holiday Monday after the event ends.


FA Chairman's tribute to footballers killed in crash

Tribute from FA to footballers Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt

The Chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, has sent a letter to Worthing United Football Club, to express the FA's sympathies for the deaths of two of the team's players in the Shoreham air crash.

Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt were on their way to a match when an aircraft came down on the A27 in Sussex last week Saturday.

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