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Police statement - search for pilot after plane crash

Sascha Schornstein Credit: Hampshire Police

Hampshire Constabulary is leading enquiries into the disappearance of a pilot whose plane came down in the English Channel at the weekend.

Sascha Schornstein took off from Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire in a Cirrus SR22 aircraft at 10.48am, Sunday.

The 36-year-old German national from London was the plane’s only occupant.

Its destination was Le Touquet airport in France, but it did not arrive and at around 3.30pm police were notified that the wreckage had been discovered by French search and rescue teams.

Sergeant Andy Thomas said: “The Maritime and Coastguard Agency co-ordinated an extensive search for Mr Schornstein and, although a large amount of wreckage was found, no casualty was located and the decision was taken on Monday not to recommence.

“We are now conducting a missing person investigation and are working with international police as part of our enquiries. I’m keeping an open mind as to what has happened to Mr Schornstein.

"We’re releasing a picture of him in case he has been spotted since, or if anyone else has important information that can assist us.

“We’re also liaising with the Air Accident Investigation Branch, which has been looking into what caused the aircraft to come down, and a police family liaison officer is in contact with Mr Schornstein’s wife to keep her updated.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 or 0845 0454545 from outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

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UK to withdraw 11,000 troops from Germany by 2016

Prince Philip meets British troops at Fallingbostel in Germany in 2011. Credit: PA

Around 11,000 British troops based in Germany will return home by 2016 under plans which will see nearly £2 billion invested in Army housing and bases, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond will announce today.

Under the speeded-up withdrawal, the remaining 4,500 troops will be back in the UK by 2019, a year earlier than planned.

Around £1bn of the funding being announced today will go towards 1,900 new houses for service families and accommodation for 7,800 single soldiers.

Another £800 million will be spent on infrastructure and refurbishment of bases.

The Government hopes the plans will mean more cash is ploughed back into the British, rather than German, economy as well as creating new construction jobs in the UK.

Savings of around £240 million a year are also expected to be made through reductions in operating costs.

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1966 rematch in Aldershot

Britain is to face Germany in a 1966 rematch, only with players from the army, and in Aldershot.

For some the day England won the World Cup against West Germany at Wembley is a match that has never been forgotten.

But next Wednesday the British Army face up to their counterparts from the German Bundeswehr for a rematch at the Aldershot Town football stadium, kick off 6.00pm.

It's not known whether or not the British Army players have been practising penalties.

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