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Shoreham inquest opened and adjourned

Tributes left on the Adur Ferry Bridge in Shoreham Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The inquest into the deaths of 11 people who died in the Shoreham air crash has been opened and adjourned.

11 people were killed when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed during a display at the Shoreham Airshow on Saturday 22 August.

They have been named as Maurice Rex Abrahams, Dylan Archer, Anthony David Brightwell, Matthew James Grimstone, Matthew Wesley Jones, James Graham Mallinson, Daniele Gaetano Polito, Mark Alexander Reeves, Jacob Henry Schilt, Richard Jonathan Smith and Mark James Trussler.

West Sussex Senior Coroner Penelope Schofield, sitting at County Hall North in Horsham, adjourned the inquest today to 22 March 2016 for a pre inquest review. This is pending the results of the investigation by Sussex Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

A one minute silence was held at the start of the proceedings in memory of those who were killed.

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Today the coroner recorded a verdict of death by road traffic accident. Emma Wilkinson was there:

Verdict of teen killed by polar bear expected today

The verdict into the death of a Wiltshire schoolboy who was killed by a polar bear in Norway is expected later this afternoon.

17-year-old Horatio Chappel was killed by the animal while he slept in his tent on the remote Svalbard islands in August 2011.

The inquest surrounds Horatio Chappel's death by a polar bear Credit: ITV Meridian

Last day of inquest into death of boy killed by polar bear

Video. The family of a boy killed by a polar bear on a school expedition are urging the coroner to find that the company that organised the trip was negligent and failed to protect their son.

Horatio Chapple, from Salisbury, was 17 when he died on an expedition to Svalbard in Norway in 2011. Others in the camp were also injured before the animal was shot dead by an expedition leader.

Richard Slee reports - on the final day of the inquest.


Last pieces of evidence to be heard in polar bear inquest

Today should be the last day that evidence will be heard at an inquest into the death of a teenager from Salisbury who was killed by a polar bear.

Horatio Chappel was on an expedition in Norway when the animal attacked him in August 2011.

The inquest has heard how the trip wire system that was meant to scare off the bears was not good enough.

The trip leader, who shot dead the polar bear, also told the inquest how his rifle failed to fire when the animal began to attack the group.

Teenager re-lives "terrifying" polar bear attack

A teenager has been re-living the terrifying moment a polar bear attacked him and killed his friend - during a school expedition in the Arctic.

Scott Benall Smith told an inquest into the death of Horatio Chapple from Salisbury - the tent was "shaking" - as if someone was trying to wake them up and then collapsed.

Horatio was on an adventure holiday on the remote Island of Svalbard in Norway in 2011 when he died. Four others were also injured by the animal who went on a rampage as the group slept in their tents.

With more details here's Martin Dowse.

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Polar bear attack survivor: I felt safe in the camp

A survivor of a deadly polar bear attack on a schools expedition in Norway has told an inquest he felt safe in the camp before the creature mauled him and his fellow explorers.

Patrick Flinders said the group received training on the use of trip wires on a briefing weekend before the trip with the British Schools Exploring Society "and a couple of days when we were out there".

However, he told the hearing he wasn't involved in the setting up of the system and said he also never had a discussion about a bear watch.

Mr Flinders says he also did some practice shooting with a rifle - shooting four rounds.

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'I saw polar bear dragging someone by his head'

A boy who was hurt by a polar bear that killed a fellow teenager has told an inquest that he "saw the bear dragging someone out by his head" when it attacked his group's camp.

The scene following the polar bear attack.

Patrick Flinders said he heard "rustling on the tent" when the attack took place in Svalbard, Norway - adding that he "thought people were just messing around from another group [...] until the tent collapsed."

He said he thought the attack he saw was on one of the expedition's leaders, but didn't see the bear attack anyone else, including 17-year-old Horatio Chapple, who died from his injuries.

He added: "Once the tent collapsed i got into a little ball and moved over to [Scott Bennell-Smith, fellow young explorer on the trip]"

"I'm not sure if Horatio got himself out or not."

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