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Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond was one of the four men killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk yesterday.
Here is a profile on the peer:
- He was one of the richest men in Northern Ireland and had an estimated wealth of around £500 million.
- Lord Ballyedmond was the chairman of Norbrook, the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company in the world.
- He was known as Edward Haughey until he was made a life peer in 2004.
- The peer owned Gillingham Hall, a stately home near the crash site.
- Lord Ballyedmond served in the upper houses of both Britain and Ireland.
- He was 70-years-old and leaves behind his wife Lady Mary, who he had two sons and a daughter with.
Councillors in Cambridgeshire have voted to move forward with a controversial plan to build up to 9,000 homes near Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire.
Campaigners argued the development around the former army barracks site would destroy the countryside and put a strain on local services and roads.
But South Cambridgeshire District Council says it would provide much needed housing and is part of a local plan designed to meet growing demand in the area.
The vote means the proposals will go to the next stage of the planning process.
A man has been charged with the murder of his four year old daughter in Hatfield.
30-year-old Carl Wheatley is charged with murdering Alexa-Marie at their home address in Queen Bee Court.
Alexa-Marie died at Lister Hospital after police had been called to the house at 9.36am on March 12th.
A post mortem examination into the death of the 4-year old will take place on Monday 17th March.
Following the death of Alexa-Marie, the mothers side of the family released the following statement through Hertfordshire police.
"We are completely stunned and devastated that our beautiful little girl has been taken so suddenly. She was truly the most gentle, loving, happy and amazing little soul we had the pleasure of knowing. "
Air accident investigation teams has arrived at the scene of last night's helicopter crash at Gillingham near Beccles.
This morning's thick fog has slowed down the progress of the investigations so far.
The fog is not showing any signs of lifting as yet as they arrive at the scene of the crash.
Norfolk police held a press conference earlier. Chief Inspector Stuart Armes has said that only limited investigations took place overnight because of the thick fog.
There are road closures in the area and police are asking drivers to stay away.
Tributes have been coming in to the Northern Irish Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond who died in the helicopter crash at Gillingham last night.
Stormont Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, said. "Without doubt, Lord Ballyedmond was one of Northern Ireland's most successful entrepreneurs.
"He was known for his leadership, integrity and global vision. One of a kind and a self made businessman, he was both highly regarded and widely respected by all those who knew him."
The latest visible satellite image shows the extent of the dense fog throughout the Anglia region this morning. Rural, low-lying areas have seen the poorest conditions with less than 50m visibility at several weather stations including Bedford, Marham, and Andrewsfield.
Urban areas such as Norwich and the periphery of London are now largely fog-free and the higher ground around the Chilterns sits above the main layer of fog. Most places will see the sunshine return by lunchtime.
The helicopter involved in last night's accident was an Agusta Westland AW139 but exactly what journey was involved is still to be determined.
What will emerge from the investigation by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) team will be the type of flying qualification held by the pilot.
Many helicopter pilots are permitted to fly only in good-visibility conditions during the day, with others being permitted to fly at night in good conditions.
Some pilots are qualified to fly using visual-aid instruments so that they are able to take to the skies when there is cloud, or poor visibility.
David Learmount, operations and safety editor of Flight Global said:
"Helicopter flying is usually done under clear-visual conditions. Helicopters are much more difficult to fly than aeroplanes and much more difficult to fly on instruments than planes.
"You have to be particularly careful if fog is around. It's a hell of a hazard."
The AAIB will also want to know if there was any communication from the helicopter before or during the flight.
If the helicopter had taken off from a private helipad in good conditions, then the pilot would not have needed any permission to get airborne.
Mr Learmount said the Norfolk accident had echoes of the helicopter crash in south London last year when experienced pilot Pete Barnes, 50, was killed when his aircraft clipped a high-rise crane in Vauxhall.
Tributes have been paid to Northern Irish Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond, who was one of four men killed when a helicopter crashed in thick fog in Norfolk last night.
Lord Ballyedmond, one of the richest men in Northern Ireland, was chairman of Norbrook, the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company in the world.
Known as Edward Haughey until he was made a life peer in 2004, he owned Gillingham Hall, a stately home near the crash site, according to the Register of Lords' Interests.
The AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter came down in thick fog in a field in Gillingham, near Beccles, at 7.30pm yesterday.