Police to mark Shoreham airshow tragedy

Police paying tribute at the Shoreham Toll Bridge last year. Picture: Eddie Mitchell
Police paying tribute at the Shoreham Toll Bridge last year. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

Sussex Police officers and staff will fall silent this afternoon as they join thousands of others on the first anniversary of the Shoreham air crash in remembering those who died.

Chief constable Giles York will join those gathered at the Old Toll Bridge in Shoreham to remember those who died.

He said: “The tragedy of the Shoreham air crash still has significant impact for the families who lost loved ones, as well as their friends and across many communities in Sussex, not least the people of Shoreham itself.

“Our thoughts have not strayed from them during this past year and we remain committed to finding answers for them as to how and why this dreadful thing happened.

“However, today is a day when we should remember. The last 12 months have been a challenging and difficult time for the force and so many of our partners. I am very proud of the professionalism and compassion that has been shown by hundreds of my colleagues who I know will be joining me in quiet reflection, remembrance and thought for all those who have been affected.”

Sussex police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The first anniversary of the Shoreham air crash will be particularly hard for the families of those killed and injured and also for those affected.

“It will be made harder because of the detailed and protracted processes involved in air accident investigations. I understand that the families want answers and action and I know that Sussex Police are making every effort to secure the information and evidence required.

“I am also very aware that police officers and staff who dealt with the incident have been deeply affected and I would like to pay tribute and recognise their steadfast professionalism.”