West Sussex Coroner is told Shoreham air crash file is with Crown Prosecution Service

Sussex Police’s full file into the Shoreham air crash is now with the Crown Prosecution Service, the West Sussex Coroner says.


The West Sussex Senior Coroner has been told that Sussex Police’s full file into the Shoreham air crash is now with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Penelope Schofield has written to the families of the 11 men killed in the air crash in August 2015 to share the update.

Ms Schofield said: “The full file is now with the CPS and Sussex Police await a CPS decision as to whether or not any criminal charges are to be brought.

“A further update will be provided at the next Pre Inquest Review hearing scheduled for 24 January 2018.

“I will of course keep the matter under continuous review.”

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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