THE families of Shoreham Airshow disaster victims have been warned there could be another delay to the start of an inquest into their deaths.

The inquest, which had been scheduled for October 2021 after a year's delay due to Covid-19, is set to begin in February.

Coroner Penelope Schofield applied to the High Court for permission to use protected GoPro footage at the inquest.

Judges were expected to reveal their decision following a hearing last month - but no ruling has been made and there is no timescale for an announcement.

This matter was set to be discussed at a pre-inquest review yesterday - however, this was hearing was postponed until next month.

A relative of one of the victims said they are assuming the inquest will be delayed.

They fear the start of the inquest could be pushed back beyond March.

The family member said: "We've learnt, going into the seventh year, that things can go on and on."

Eleven men died when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed on a busy dual carriageway during a display at the Shoreham Airshow on Saturday August 22, 2015.

An Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) report published in 2017 found the crash could have been avoided and was caused by error when pilot Andy Hill flew too low and too slowly performing a loop manoeuvre.

Sussex Police applied successfully to use GoPro footage in a criminal prosecution.

Mr Hill was cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence following a lengthy trial at the Old Bailey in March 2019.

The coroner has now applied to the High Court for permission to use the footage of the disaster from two cameras mounted on the plane.

International agreements cover the use of material which could improve air safety.

And the High Court has to grant permission before the material can be released.

A spokesman for solicitors representing a group of families said: "Whilst the date of the next hearing has been pushed back to the start of February pending the outcome of the coroner’s High Court application for disclosure, it is unclear whether the inquest date will also be postponed.

"Although it now appears likely that there will be some further delays, we will only be able to confirm this after we have received the High Court’s decision."