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Search for two missing men suspended

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A search for two missing men in the sea in the Shoreham area has been suspended, pending further information.

The UK Coastguard coordinated the search after a man was found in the water just before 6am yesterday approximately 2 miles from Shoreham Harbour.

The five-metre boat left Shoreham Harbour shortly after 12 midnight for a pleasure fishing trip and according to the 45-year-old survivor was struck and sunk around 2am. He was rescued just before 6am after clinging to a buoy for some hours and was picked up by Shoreham Lifeboat. He was taken to hospital where he remained on Sunday evening under observation, but in a stable condition.

The four men, two of which are related, are all Romanian nationals; two are from Brighton and two, including the survivor, are from London. Their family have all been told.

HM Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopters from Lydd and Lee-on-Solent, together with Coastguard Rescue Teams from Shoreham and Littlehampton and RNLI lifeboats from Shoreham and Brighton plus several other local vessels have all been involved in the search.

Following an extensive search of the area using multiple assets nothing further has been found at this time so the decision has been made to suspend the search pending further information. A review of the incident details will be ongoing through the rest of the day.

– Andy Jenkins, controller with the UK Coastguard


Inquest into Shoreham disaster will be held in September 2018

The inquest into the Shoreham air disaster won't be held until September next year - that's more than three years since the crash that claimed the lives of eleven local men.

Sussex Police announced today that their investigation into how the vintage Hawker Hunter jet came to crash onto the busy A 27 road is now 95 per cent complete.

Meanwhile families of the victims have called for a "full, frank and fearless investigation" into the deaths of their loved ones. Malcolm Shaw reports from today's pre-inquest hearing.

Shoreham air disaster: pre-inquest review to be held

A pre-inquest review is to be held today into the deaths of 11 men following the Shoreham Airshow crash.

They were killed when a vintage jet crashed onto the A27 in West Sussex in August 2015.

No evidence will be heard but a date for the full inquest should be set.

The 53 year old pilot of the Hawker Hunter jet, Andrew Hill, is being investigated for possible manslaughter by gross negligence.

He has been questioned voluntarily under caution by police.

The pre-inquest review had to be rescheduled from March due to the ongoing police investigation and to allow a final report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) to be considered.

The final AAIB report, published in March, found that Mr Hill, from Sandon, Hertfordshire, was flying too slow and too low during the loop manoeuvre.

The pre-inquest review will be held at Centenary House, Woodfield Road, Crawley, at 10.30am.

Murder investigation after assault at Lancing house

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A murder investigation has begun after a man suffered a fatal head injury at a house in Lancing in West Sussex.

Police were called to an address in Ingleside Crescent at around 8pm on Monday after reports of a disturbance.

When police returned to the property an hour later to carry out a welfare check, a 52 year old man had suffered a serious head injury.

He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, but died of his injuries on Tuesday morning.

A 44 year old Shoreham man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

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We want to hear from anyone who was in the area on Monday evening and may have seen someone acting suspiciously or something out of the ordinary. Anyone with information can contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Reservoir. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Inspector Mark Cullimore, Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team


REPORT : Plane recovered from sea after pilot's controlled crash

The pilot and his passenger managed to swim to shore

Two men have had a dramatic escape when their light aircraft ditched into the sea at Shoreham.

They managed to swim to the beach and apart from being shocked they were otherwise unhurt.

An investigation will now be held to find out exactly what went wrong.

Our reporter Andy Dickenson spoke to eye witnesses:

Andy spoke to Inspector Stuart Goodwin from Sussex Police, and eyewitnesses Donna Milton, Emma Kennard and Nick Bengtsson.

Shoreham flood defence scheme reaches new phase

Work is progressing on a 31 million pound scheme to boost flood defences at Shoreham in Sussex.

The town saw severe flooding in 2013 when an embankment failed during hide tides and bad weather. Derek Johnson reports.

He spoke to Dave Robinson from the Environment Agency.

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