All 11 people who died in Shoreham airshow crash have been identified, say police

Posted On 27 Aug 2015 at 12:08 pm

All 11 people who died in the Shoreham airshow crash have been identified, according to Sussex Police.

Family liaison officers are working with relatives and providing support as the formal identification procedures are followed and names released. Inquests will be opened shortly.

Details of five of the victims have been made public by the families, helping friends and those outside the immediate family circle as they also mourn their loss.

Civic leaders and representatives of the emergency services add to the tributes left to victims of the Shoreham airshow crash

Civic leaders and representatives of the emergency services add to the tributes left to victims of the Shoreham airshow crash

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Those named so far include Jacob Schilt, 23, from Brighton, and former Varndean pupil Matt Grimstone, 23, who played alongside Mr Schilt for Worthing United. Mr Grimstone worked for Brighton and Hove Albion.

The others are chauffeur and former police officer Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Woodingdean, personal trainer Matt Jones, 24, from Littlehampton, and CAD (computer-aided design) technician Mark Reeves, 53, from Seaford.

The pilot of the Hawker Hunter that crashed, Andy Hill, has moved to specialist hospital from the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Kemp Town.

Mark Reeves headshot

Mark Reeves

The A27 looks likely to reopen on Monday (31 August) although for only one lane of traffic as investigation work continues at the crash site.

Requests for a chance for people to pay their respects at the crash site beforehand look unlikely to be granted for safety reasons.

People are being urged to add to the flowers and tributes left at the Shoreham footbridge and to sign the books of condolence at civic centres in Shoreham and Worthing.

Chief Constable Giles York visited the footbridge yesterday (Wednesday 26 August) along with other representatives of the emergency services and local authorities.

Mr York expressed his condolences to everyone affected by the Shoreham air crash.

Placing a floral tribute near the site, he said: “First and foremost on behalf of Sussex Police I offer my sincere condolences to everyone affected by this awful, tragic incident which has had a significant impact on communities across Sussex.

“It will always live in the memories of this community and some people will bear the scars for a very long time to come.

“I have visited the scene a few times and spoken to some of the 200 people there working to help identify victims and find answers for the families affected. We are working with 20 different agencies in this complex investigation.

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Maurice Abrahams

“It is an incredibly challenging scene. Weather has hampered the speed at which the investigation is being carried out. There is a danger of evidence being lost and that is why we are preserving the scene for so long.

“We are determined that we will find answers for families who have lost their loved ones, we have 24 dedicated family liaison officers helping families and we are working in support of the coroner to allow her to carry out her inquests.

“The reaction from local people has been really heart-warming. I am incredibly impressed with how the community has responded and I must pay tribute to our own staff and those of the other emergency services and agencies who have responded to what is a dreadful scene.

Jacob Schilt

Jacob Schilt

“We are aware of the groundswell of interest by the public to visit the site and show their respects.

“Thousands are in agreement with the idea posted on social media but due to road safety concerns and the ongoing police work it isn’t feasible for the public to visit the actual site of the crash.

“We would encourage anyone wishing to pay their respects to visit the Shoreham Toll Bridge where tributes are already being laid.

Matt Grimstone

Matt Grimstone

“However, we are working with partners and the community to identify suitable memorial events in due course.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank people for their generosity. They have offered food and support and shown a huge amount of compassion.

“They have also been very patient with the road diversions. We are working with Highways England and West Sussex County Council to reopen the A27 on Monday morning after three days of repair.

“With police searches continuing at the site for some weeks, the road will be reduced to a single lane each way, which will cause some delays.

“There will not be any access from the A27 to Lancing College and the airport for some time.”

The day after the crash, Councillor Warren Morgan, the leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “This was an horrific tragedy visited on roads that are familiar. Many of us will have friends and family affected or who had a narrow escape.

“Our thoughts in the immediate aftermath and in the long term must go to the bereaved, the injured and the traumatised.

“Brighton and Hove City Council stands ready to help them, our neighbouring authorities and the emergency services in the hours and weeks ahead.”

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