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Mark Weir died from 'severe multiple injuries'

An inquest into the death of a Cumbrian businessman, who died in a helicopter crash, has heard that he could not have survived the accident.

Mark Weir, who owner the Honister Slate Mine in the Lake District, was killed while flying home in March 2011.

The pathologist's report said he died from severe multiple injuries.

The inquest has also been told that he had nearly crashed previously when the helicopter nose-dived in thick cloud on a trip to the North East but his skill had saved him and his partner.


Inquest into death of Cumbrian businessman Mark Weir

Mark Weir Credit: ITV News Border

A full inquest into the death of Cumbrian businessman Mark Weir has begun in Cleater Moor.

The 45-year-old entrepreneur, from Cockermouth, died in March 2011 after his helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from Honister Slate Mine in the Lake District.

A pathologist report says he died of severe multiple injuries in non-survivable helicopter crash.

'Lady in the Lake' killer inquest begins

An inquest into the death of a man who killed his wife and dumped her body in Coniston Water will begin later today.

Gordon Park was found hanged in his prison cell five years after being found guilty of murdering his wife Carol.

Mr Park was twice tried for the murder of his wife whose body was found by divers trussed up and weighted down in Coniston Water in 1997.

The inquest at Preston is expected to last four days.

Betty Brown was victim of a 'violent attack'

A coroner has said a grandmother whose body was found in woods in Cumbria was probably killed after being subjected to some sort of violent attack with a sexual motive.

Betty Brown's remains were discovered near Longtown in January 2011.

She disappeared in May 2010.

She was naked from the waist down.

Police have always treated the case as suspicious.

Her body was so decomposed, a pathologist was unable to find a cause of death.

Recording an open verdict, Coroner Robert Chapman said on balance, the likelihood was she was attacked and killed in the woods.

Cumbria Police concerned about a 'third party involvement'

Dr Matthew Lyell, the Home Office pathologist who examined Betty Brown's body, said it was severely decomposed and that made an assessment very hard.

Betty's daughter Sarah and her husband gave evidence and said they were expecting her to visit in June and were not expecting her down that weekend.

Sarah and Betty's sister, Maureen both said they did not think she would commit suicide.

The inquest also heard Cumbria Police are concerned about a third party involvement because of where the body was found.


Betty Brown's body was 'badly decomposed'

An inquest has heard a woman's body was so badly decomposed it was impossible to establish a cause of death.

The remains of Betty Brown were discovered in woods in Longtown in Cumbria in January 2011.

She was last seen on 28th May 2010 and its believed she boarded a bus from her home in Edinburgh to come and visit her daughter, who at the time lived in Gretna with her husband and children.

Her body was discovered naked from the waist down, lying face down on the ground.

Her belongings were in two shopping bags found nearby.

Betty Brown death inquest begins

Betty Brown's remains were found in a disused quarry near Longtown in 2011 Credit: ITV News Border

An inquest is set to begin into the death of 56-year-old Betty Brown, whose body was found in woods near Longtown in January 2011.

Mrs Brown, from Hawick, was last seen in May 2010, when it is thought she travelled from Edinburgh to Longtown on a bus.

Her remains were found eight months later in woods near Longtown.

Despite extensive appeals to the public, the police have been unable to find out what happened to her.

Cumbria Police are still treating the death as 'suspicious'.

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