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Police: Helicopter took off from peer's stately home

The helicopter that crashed in Norfolk last night, killing four people, took off from the stately home Gillingham Hall, police confirmed.

The property was owned by Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond, who was among the four men killed in the crash.

Norfolk Police added that a "significant cordon" remained in place around the site of the crash.

Peer killed in crash previously raised safety concerns

Lord Ballyedmond was among the four people killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk last night. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond, who was among four people killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk, had previously raised safety concerns with the aircraft's manufacturers.

AgustaWestland said they were investigating but that "there could be many causes" behind last night's crash.

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Wreckage of helicopter after fatal crash in Norfolk

Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond was among the four people killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk last night.

The helicopter wreckage is alongside the A146 in Gillingham, near Beccles, Norfolk.

Emergency services at the scene of the fatal helicopter crash in Norfolk. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond was among the four people killed in the crash. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Profile of Tory peer Lord Ballyedmond who died in crash

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.
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Tributes to millionaire peer who died in Helicopter crash

Lord Ballyedmond Credit: UTV

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."

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Helicopter crash site near stately home owned by peer

The helicopter crash in Norfolk which left four people dead happened near a stately home owned by one of Northern Ireland's richest men Lord Ballyedmond.

The crash happened near Gillingham Hall (point A on the map), which is owned by Lord Ballyedmond. Credit: Google Maps

The peer is the chairman of Norbrook, one of the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company's in the world, and he also owns Gillingham Hall.

'Cluster' of helicopter crashes had 'different causes'

There has been "a little cluster" of helicopter crashes over the last year, but none can be connected as they "almost certainly" had different causes, a flight expert told Daybreak.

Air Commander Dai Whittingham from the UK Flight Safety Committee tried to reassure helicopter passengers accidents in Glasgow, London and Norfolk all happened under "very different circumstances".

All four helicopter victims 'pronounced dead at scene'

Confirming the death of four people in a helicopter crash in Gillingham, near Beccles, Norfolk, police said all four occupants on board the helicopter were pronounced dead at the scene, and next of kin have been informed.

No further details of the deceased have yet been released.

Officers received the first call relating to the incident at about 7.30pm from a member of the public who reported hearing the noise of a loud crash, a statement from Norfolk Police said.

A police helicopter helped to locate the crash site "ina field containing some wooded area."

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