Pubs shut for funeral of man shot by police
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.