Pubs shut for fu­neral of man shot by po­lice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Pubs across Ten­ter­den and the Weald were closed yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) for the fu­neral of a mur­der sus­pect who was shot by po­lice.

Hun­dreds were ex­pected to turn out to re­mem­ber 36-yearold Wil­liam Smith, who died last month.

The cortege was due to leave Mr Smith’s home in Ten­ter­den Road, Gol­ford, be­fore trav­el­ling to St Ge­orge’s Church in Be­nen­den and on to Cran­brook Ceme­tery.

One Ten­ter­den pub rep­re­sen­ta­tive said pub­li­cans had spo­ken to each other and most had de­cided to shut for the day.

An inquest that opened last week heard that Mr Smith died from wounds to his head and chest. He was re­port­edly shot four times in Goud­hurst on Sun­day, May 1.

The builder was pro­nounced dead by an am­bu­lance crew at 9.10pm.

The po­lice op­er­a­tion was part of a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Roy Black­man, 73, was found blud­geoned to death at his bun­ga­low in Head­corn Road, Bid­den­den, on Mon­day, March 21.

Mr Smith’s inquest was opened by coro­ner Roger Hatch dur­ing a brief hear­ing at Gravesend’s Old Town Hall last Thurs­day. He said that due to the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Mr Smith’s death he would not set a date for the full hear­ing.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion was car­ried out at Pem­bury Hos­pi­tal on May 4. The inquest heard tox­i­col­ogy and his­tol­ogy tests are be­ing car­ried out.

The In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion (IPCC) is hold­ing its own in­quiry.

Wil­liam Smith

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