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Two men steal thousands from Sussex post office

Two men made off with thousands of pounds from a post office in Sussex this evening, police have told ITV News Meridian.

The men, in their 20s, threatened staff at the shop in Brunswick Road in Shoreham just before half past five.

They are then believed to have run away from the post office in the direction of the railway line.

There's currently a cordon in place while police and crime scene investigators gather evidence.

Post office staff threatened with hammer in Shoreham

Police are searching for two robbers who threatened staff with a hammer in Shoreham this evening.

The men broke into the rear of the Post Office in Brunswick Road at around half past five.

They made off with several thousand pounds. Police say the men were in their twenties and wore dark clothing.

The building in Brunswick Road has been taped off Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Families welcome decision to cancel Shoreham Air Show

Families and friends of those killed during last summer's Shoreham Airshow disaster have welcomed news this year's event has been cancelled.

Eleven men lost their lives when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the A27. The plane's pilot survived and has since been interviewed under police caution.

Speaking for the first time, the organisers told ITV Meridian they are still coming to terms with what happened - but are hopeful the airshow will one day return. Andy Dickenson reports.

EXCLUSIVE: Shoreham Airshow organisers speak about crash for first time

Families and friends of those killed during last summer's Shoreham Airshow disaster have welcomed news this year's event has been cancelled.

Eleven men lost their lives when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the A27. The plane's pilot survived and has since been interviewed under police caution.

Speaking for the first time, the airshow organisers told ITV Meridian they are still coming to terms with what happened - but are hopeful the airshow will one day return.

Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Colin Baker, Shoreham Airshow director, and Stevie Johnson, friend of Matt Jones.

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Shoreham crash: did vintage jet have permit to fly?

Did the vintage plane, which crashed and killed 11 people at the Shoreham Air Show, have an up-to-date permit to fly?

That's just one of the questions coming out of an interim report by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.

A full report into the crash will be released at a later date but this Special Bulletin focuses on the Hawker Hunter plane - and it aims to give guidance to the Civil Aviation Authority in its review of Air Displays in this country.

There are seven recommendations - but they all surround three key areas:

Permit to Fly certificates - the Civil Aviation Authority must review its own procedures to ensure they're valid.

Ejector seats - the report recommends that all ex-military aircraft seats should be properly maintained and hazard information visible for first responders.

And, training courses - organisations which use ex-military aircraft must develop their own maintenance programmes.

Move to increase safety of vintage aircraft after Shoreham crash

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) have published a special bulletin with safety recommendations after the Shoreham air disaster.

A bridge of flowers in honour of those who died in the disaster Credit: ITV Meridian

Some ex-military jet aircraft are fitted with aircrew escape systems, including ejection seats and canopy jettison systems that contain pyrotechnic cartridges. Following the accident to G-BXFI, and a separate accident to a Folland Gnat1 during an air display at Oulton Park on 1 August 2015, the ejection seats fitted to both aircraft were found in a damaged condition. Some of the pyrotechnic cartridges were still live but had been subject to impact forces and post-crash fire.

This posed a significant hazard to the first responders and to other personnel on the accident site. Accident response and investigation work in the vicinity of the seats was delayed until competent persons were brought to the site by the AAIB to make the seats safe.

In both cases, the respective air display organisers did not have access to relevant aircraft hazard information or emergency contact details for organisations which could render the seats safe. Ex-military aircraft may be equipped with other devices, such as miniature detonation cords (MDC) or other pyrotechnic charges,which can also represent a hazard to first responders and accident site personnel.

– AAIB

It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority require operators of ex-military aircraft fitted with ejection seats or other pyrotechnic devices operating in theUnited Kingdom, to ensure that hazard information is readily available which includes contact details of a competent organisation or person able to make the devices safe following an accident.

– AAIB

The ejection seats and the canopy jettison system in the Hawker Hunter T Mk 7 rely on a number of pyrotechnic cartridges to provide the propellant for the ejection sequence. The ejection seat manufacturer recommends that the installed life of the cartridges does not exceed two years and that the total life does not exceed six years from the date of cartridge manufacture.

Pilot of vintage aircraft interviewed about Shoreham air crash

Many floral tributes arrived at the crash site Credit: ITV

The pilot of the vintage plane that crashed during the Shoreham Air Show, killing 11 people, has been interviewed by police. Fifty-one-year-old Andrew Hill, from Hertfordshire, was questioned by officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team. Police say he was interviewed under caution, but not arrested.

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