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Statement from SECAmb on Shoreham anniversary

It is now a year since 11 people were killed at Shoreham Credit: ITV

South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) have issued a statement to mark the first anniversary of the Shoreham tragedy.

The thoughts of everyone at SECAmb are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in this tragic incident a year ago today.

It was, of course, an extremely challenging incident to respond to and our staff, as ever, acted with care, compassion and with the utmost professionalism. I am very proud of their actions alongside their emergency service colleagues and volunteers.

Such an awful incident had a huge impact on the local community and people further afield. Everyone should be very proud of the way they came together to provide support to each other and indeed undertake many acts of kindness for our staff.

I wish everyone a peaceful day in which they can pay tribute and reflect on today’s anniversary.

– Geraint Davies, Acting Chief Executive

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Eleven candles lit to remember those who died in Shoreham air crash

A church service has taken place to remember those who died in the Shoreham air crash a year ago.

Eleven candles, representing the number of victims, were lit at St Mary De Haura Church in Shoreham-by-sea.

Candles lit at Shoreham church service Credit: ITV News Meridian

The altar candles were lit by the men's families, ahead of the disaster's first anniversary on Monday.

The names of those who died when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed on to the A27 during the Shoreham Air Show on 22nd August 2016 were read out.

Prayers said in memory of the Shoreham victims Credit: ITV News Meridian

As much as we might wish otherwise, there seems to be no option but to wait. There can be no real moving on until all that can be humanly known about the air crash is revealed and resolved. Even if we were not present at Shoreham Airport, I am sure we can all recall how and when we heard or realised the enormity of what had happened. Now, one year on, the whole community of Shoreham has an opportunity to come together in this ancient church, this sacred place, and reflect for a while on those 11 lives so suddenly and violently taken away. The suffering and shock of unexpected loss, as the bonds of love and family life were traumatically ruptured. Also in this service we think again of the commitment and expertise of those members of the different emergency services who were involved in this fatal disaster.

– Rev Terry Stratford

The service was held two days before the first anniversary of the crash, which happened when the 1950s' plane failed to pull out of a loop-the-loop manoeuvre during the air show.

On Monday, flowers will be laid and a minute's silence held on the wooden Shoreham Tollbridge, which became a focal point for the community in the crash's aftermath at 1.22pm, the exact time of the disaster.

Derek Johnson has a full report on today's service which includes the voice of Reverend Ann Waizeneker, interviews with Bob and Caroline Schilt, Reverend Terry Stratford and Leslye Polito.

Woman charged with blackmail after 6 horses targeted

Woman due before magistrates in Worthing

A 24-year-old woman has been charged with blackmail after the tails and manes of six horses were cut in Shoreham earlier this year.

The animals were targeted at Buddy's Yard in Steyning Road, under the Shoreham Flyover. Four of the horses were in a field, the two others were in a stable. The incident happened overnight between Friday 29th January and Saturday 30th January.

Sussex Police said that Kirsty Geoghegan, aged 24, from Hove is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates Court on the 19th July 2016.

Shoreham crash pilot 'investigated over possible manslaughter'

The area around the crash site was covered in floral tributes Credit: ITV

The pilot who crashed his plane at Shoreham, where 11 people were killed, is being investigated by detectives over possible manslaughter by gross negligence.

Andrew Hill, 52, from Hertfordshire, was flying a vintage Hawker Hunter fighter-bomber when it crashed onto the A27 in West Sussex on 22 August last year.

The crash happened when the 1950s plane failed to pull out of a loop-the-loop manoeuvre during the Shoreham Air Show.

Sussex Police said a High Court hearing will be held this month to decide whether cockpit recorders, footage, expert reports and other material can be released to them.

Mr Hill has been questioned voluntarily under caution by police. West Sussex senior coroner Penelope Schofield has proposed a full inquest in March next year, lasting around eight weeks.

A Sussex Police spokesman confirmed: "Detectives investigating the circumstances of the crash of a Hunter fighter jet at Shoreham in August 2015, which killed 11 people, have confirmed that a 52-year-old man was notified in December that he is being investigated for possible endangerment pursuant to Article 138 Air Navigation Order 2009 and also manslaughter by gross negligence."

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Memorial for Shoreham air crash victims left in 'disrespectful shambles'

A temporary memorial to remember the eleven victims of the Shoreham air crash has been left in a 'disrespectful shambles' according to families of the victims.

The site which bridges the River Adur was earmarked by the local council who promised to maintain it. Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Giovanna Chirico, Mark Trussler's Fiancee and Tanya Hewstone, the former partner of Daniele Polito.

£1.3 billion plan to redevelop Sussex cement works site

Ambitious plans have been unveiled to redevelop a derelict cement works on the South Downs in Sussex.

The massive quarry near Shoreham closed twenty-five years ago, but remains a blot on the landscape.

The former cement works site covers a large area of land in Sussex

Now, a group called the 'South Down Project' wants to build more than two-thousand homes and businesses on the site, at a cost of £1. 3 billion pounds. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees are Neil Laughton, a local businessman; Ed Carr, the Chairman of the South Down Project; and John Richards, a former cement worker.

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