Coroner receives update on police investigation into Shoreham air crash

The West Sussex Senior Coroner has said police have informed her that progress has been made on the Shoreham air crash investigation.


The West Sussex Coroner has received an update from Sussex Police in respect of their ongoing investigation into the Shoreham air crash.

West Sussex Senior Coroner Penelope Schofield said police have informed her that progress has been made in the investigation.

A further update will be provided by Sussex Police to the Coroner by the end of November.

Eleven men died in the air crash in August 2015.

Ms Schofield said: “In accordance with the Direction given at the Pre Inquest Review Hearing on 20 June 2017 Sussex Police have provided me with an update on their ongoing investigation on 29 September 2017.

“Whilst progress is being made there is no further information to be given out at this time and a further update will be provided to me on 30 November 2017. The families of the deceased are being kept informed.”

The Coroner has indicated that the full inquest is still set to be heard in September 2018.

A third pre inquest review will take place on Wednesday 24 January at Crawley Coroner’s Court.

Ms Schofield said the inquest may have to be suspended if the CPS decides to bring criminal charges.

The 11 who died in the air crash were:

  • Maurice Rex Abrahams, 76 of Brighton
  • Dylan Archer, 42 of Brighton
  • Anthony David Brightwell, 53 of Hove
  • Matthew Grimstone, 23 of Brighton
  • Matthew Wesley Jones, 24 of Littlehampton
  • James Graham Mallinson, 72 of Newick
  • Daniele Gaetano Polito, 23 of Goring by Sea
  • Mark Alexander Reeves, 53 of Seaford
  • Jacob Henry Schilt, 23 of Brighton
  • Richard Jonathan Smith, 26 of Hove
  • Mark James Trussler, 54 of Worthing.

They were killed when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed during a display at the Shoreham Airshow on Saturday 22 August 2015.

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Last updated:
6 February 2018

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