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News Weapon alert


TWO MEN remain in custody after reports they tried to force their way into a property in Snodland. Police, including firearms offi- cers, attended the premises in Lambert Mews at around 5.33am on May 5.


The suspects, aged 20 and 21


from Snodland, were arrested near the scene. It is alleged that one of the sus- pects may have had a weapon.


Garden open


RESIDENTS are invited to an open day at Boughton Monchelsea Place on June 13. The event will run from 2pm to


5pm and visitors can pre-book tick- ets, but it is not essential. Refresh- ments will be available in aid of St Peter's Church. To book go to ngs.org.uk/view-garden/15074.


Pothole work


LOOSE Road is set for 10 nights of pothole repair works. The road will shut from 8pm to 5am until May 27, between Boughton Lane and Sutton Road. The alternative route is via A229 Linton Rd, B2163 Heath Rd, Plough Wents Rd, A274 Sutton Rd.


downsmail.co.uk


Friends’ tribute to pilot killed in training stunt


FRIENDS of the pilot who died in a light aircraft crash earlier this month have paid tribute to the “talented aviator”.


An experienced stunt flier, Angus Buchanan died when his Stampe biplane crashed in a field near Headcorn Aerodrome, while practicing aerobatics with three other members of the Stampe For- mation Flying Team. Mr Buchanan was flying his own aircraft when, according to wit- nesses, it appeared to lose control after a stall turn.


The Stampe Formation Flying


Team said: “It is with deepest sad- ness that we have to announce the death of Angus Buchanan. “An active and long-standing display pilot with the Stampe For- mation Team, Angus was an ex- tremely experienced and talented aviator and engineer with many flying hours under his belt. “We have lost a very dear friend who leaves a gap in all our lives


that can never be filled, and all our thoughts are now with his family to whom we send our most sincere and deepest condolences.” A friend said: “Angus was metic-


ulous with his preparation. The aircraft had recently undergone a service and he had passed a recent medical necessary for flying.” The Stampe is a pre-war, Belgian training aircraft and a stalwart of aerobatic display teams across Eu- rope, the most famous being the Rothmans Aerobatic Team who flew four Stampes during the 1970s.


The Air Accidents Investigation Branch confirmed an investigation into the crash had begun. A statement said: “We have been notified of an accident involving a light aircraft near Headcorn Air- field. A team of inspectors have been sent to commence investiga- tions.”


Mr Buchanan was married with two daughters at university.


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