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Appeal launched to build memorial for air crash victims

A top record producer has launched a campaign to create a memorial to the victims of the Shoreham air crash.

The tragedy has inspired Brighton-born composer David Courtney to start a fund-raising project called S.A.D (Shoreham Air Disaster) as a tribute to those who lost their lives.

The Grammy-nominated songwriter is releasing a new track entitled “We Will Not Fall” recorded as a duet with renowned Russian musician Marina Kapuro, to raise money for a permanent monument.

“I hope the music and video touch people’s hearts. The memorial will give the families and friends of the victims a lasting shrine and a special place to visit”, said David.

Triathlon tragedy: body recovered from Leybourne lake

Paul Gallihawk went missing on Saturday morning Credit: Kent Police

Divers searching for a novice triathlete who disappeared during a swimming race at lakes in Kent have retrieved a body from the water.

Paul Gallihawk, went missing at Leybourne Lakes on Saturday morning. A search was carried out all weekend and a body was found soon after it resumed this morning.

Paul was raising money for medics who cared for his father. Tonight donations to his Just Giving webpage are on course to exceed four thousand pounds.

John Ryall reports.


Team-mate speaks of shock at Shoreham deaths

Tony Burnett played with Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt Credit: ITV Meridian

The footballing community in Sussex is in shock at the loss of two of their players in the Shoreham Airshow crash.

Worthing United footballers Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, who were both 23, were among at least 11 people who were killed when a plane crashed into the A27 on Saturday.

Team-mate Tony Burnett had known Matthew Grimstone for five years, playing alongside him with Mile Oak FC. He also played with Jacob Schilt and Matthew on Sundays at AFC Shoreham.

Mr Burnett said their team-mates are all in shock.


Driver dies after crash with fire engine

Credit: ITV Meridian

A young driver died after a fire engine collided with his car. Hampshire Police say his Ford Puma was struck by a fire engine late on Saturday night in the New Forest.

Both carriageways were closed as emergency services raced to the scene along the A337 near Lyndhurst, Hants. Paramedics tried to rescue the driver, aged in his 20s, but he was unable to be saved and died at the scene.

One fireman was taken to hospital with minor injuries, officers said.

The force was working with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to find out how the two vehicles collided.

Shoreham crash pilot still in 'critical condition'

Andy Hill named locally as pilot

The pilot whose plane crashed on to the A27 today has been named locally as Andy Hill.

The pilot is currently in a critical condition in hospital and is "fighting for his life", police have said.

Eyewitnesses at the scene say they believe he may have tried to divert it away from the busy road after a failed loop-the-loop saw it descend rapidly.

He has not been formally named by police or ambulance services.

Police warn Shoreham air crash death toll "may rise"

More bodies may be found as investigators and emergency services continue to search the scene of the Shoreham Airshow plane crash, police said.

Seven people died when an historic Hawker Hunter fighter jet plummeted on to the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex after failing to pull out of a loop manoeuvre.

The pilot was flown to the Royal Sussex Hospital, where he is in a critical condition and fighting for his life, Superintendent Jane Derrick, from Sussex Police, said.

He was named locally as Andy Hill, a former RAF pilot.

A further 14 people were injured, four of whom were taken to hospital, after the jet crashed at around 1.20pm on Saturday, shortly after beginning its display in front of thousands of spectators.

Horrified onlookers described seeing the plane flying low to the ground followed by a "huge ball of fire and black smoke".

Investigations continue at crash site Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sadly we believe that seven people have lost their lives today when the jet crashed.

As far as we are aware all those who sadly lost their lives were on the road, and it was nobody within the air show perimeter on the actual airport.

At this time we are continuing to search ... the area to ensure that we have identified all the casualties.

It is possible that tonight and tomorrow we are going to find more bodies at the scene.

– Supt Jane Derrick, Sussex Police

Supt Derrick would not comment on earlier speculation that the dead included two cyclists, but said there were "a number of people and bikes at the scene and the officers are working through that at the moment". She was also unable to say whether the pilot was able to eject. One of those injured was released from hospital last night.

David Cameron sent his "heartfelt condolences" to the families of those who died in the crash.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister sends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the people who were so tragically killed after a jet crashed into several vehicles in West Sussex.

"The Prime Minister's thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims."

Today's airshow has been cancelled as a mark of respect, organisers said.

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