Goudhurst shooting inquest hears of ‘covert strike’

The scene of the 2016 shooting in Smith’s Lane, Goudhurst

An inquest into the fatal shooting of a career criminal wanted for the brutal murder of a pensioner in his own home was drunk when police shot him dead in Goudhurst, an inquest has heard. Armed police surrounded an orchard in Smiths Lane, Goudhurst, hoping to use a “control and containment” strategy to return the builder to custody after he broke his bail by removing his electronic tag.
William ‘Curly Bill’ Smith was on the run following the killing of 73-year-old Roy Blackman at his home in Biddenden during a robbery in which up to £250,000 cash was stolen.
A senior Kent Police officer, identified only as Officer V, gave evidence at the County Hall inquest into the 36-year-old father-of-four’s death in May 2016. The inquest continues.