Kent

Man charged with Steven Langley fatal shooting

Victim Steven Langley
Image caption Steven Langley ran the Bax Farm Fisheries in Tonge

A man has been charged with the fatal shooting of a fisheries owner at his tackle shop in Kent.

Steven Langley, 56, who ran Bax Farm Fisheries, died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen following an incident in Tonge, near Sittingbourne, on Friday.

Simon Olsen, 54, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder and remanded in custody by Medway magistrates.

Mr Langley's wife, Lucia, said her husband was "a gentle giant with a heart of gold."

"He loved his family who always came first and he would do anything for anybody," she added.

Mr Langley, who was a firefighter with Kent Fire and Rescue Service between 1975 and 1996, was shot while working in his tackle shop at the fisheries.

News of his death has shocked the angling community there.

Friend Tracey Luddington said: "I think it's devastated a lot of people. Steve was well known because he was in the fire brigade before."

Darren Gaunt added: "It hasn't really sunk in properly yet. It was only the other day I was up there, speaking to him."

'Sadly missed'

Writing on the Go Fishing website, a friend of Mr Langley said: "I had known Steve for many years, a great angling ambassador, stalwart and friend.

"We had fished together, drank together and worked together, I am heartbroken, but my love, my thoughts, my peace and my prayers are with Steve's family and many friends."

Steve Demetriou, director of operations at Kent Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We're very saddened to hear of Steve's death and offer our sincere condolences to his family.

Image caption Mr Langley was shot in his tackle shop at Bax Farm Fisheries in Sittingbourne

"He worked as a firefighter at Medway and Sittingbourne for 21 years, during which time he served his local community with diligence and professionalism, dealing with a number of incidents across the county.

"Steve also received a Chief Fire Officer's letter of congratulations for his actions while off-duty when he assisted at a road traffic collision on the Maidstone Road in Rochester.

"He's also remembered by his colleagues as a keen fisherman and sportsman who represented the service on a number of occasions at rugby and football."

He said Mr Langley would be sadly missed by his colleagues at the service.

Det Insp Gavin Moss, of Kent Police, said: 'We are continuing to investigate the circumstances that have led to this tragic death.

"Mr Langley was a much-loved father and husband and was also a well known member of his local community."

Mr Olsen is due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday.

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