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Tributes paid to Cumbria's wealthiest man following helicopter crash

Tributes are being paid to Cumbria's wealthiest man following his death in a helicopter crash.

Lord Ballyedmond was one of the county's most colourful figures.

As Edward Haughey he made his fortune from pharmaceuticals.

He gave millions to charity but also lost friends with a series of high-profile disagreements many of them with people who lived close-to his home at Corby Castle near Carlisle.

Investigations are underway into the what caused his helicopter to come down close to the Conservative peer's Norfolk estate in the village of Gillingham. Three other men died in the crash.


Helicopter manufacturers 'assisting' authorities

Manufacturers of the helicopter which crashed in Norfolk killing Carlisle peer Lord Ballyedmond have told ITV Border they have sent representatives to assist with the investigation.

“AgustaWestland is very saddened by news of an accident involving one of the helicopters it manufacturers.

"AgustaWestland has promptly dispatched personnel to assist the operator and authorities with their investigation.

"While that process takes place, it is not possible to make any further comment."

– AgustaWestland spokesperson

Lord Ballyedmond had previously raised concerns about the safety of his aircraft.

Tributes to Carlisle's Lord Ballyedmond

Lord Ballyedmond Credit: UTV

Tributes have been coming in to the Carlisle Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond, originally from Northern Ireland, 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."