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Gillingham 45 miles from US helicopter crash site

The A mark shows Cley, the site of January's US military crash site, B shows today's crash in Gillingham.
The A mark shows Cley, the site of January's US military crash site, B shows today's crash in Gillingham. Credit: Google maps

The helicopter crash site in Gillingham, Norfolk, is around 45 miles (72 kilometres) from the spot where four crew members died in January when a US military helicopter crashed on a training mission.

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Ambulance service attending scene of helicopter crash

A spokeswoman for East of England Ambulance Service said:

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) was called at 19:45 tonight (March 13) to reports of a helicopter crash near Gillingham, Norfolk.

EEAST sent a number of resources to the incident including two ambulance officers, three ambulances, two doctors and one rapid response car.

Read: Flurry of activity in Gillingham near crash site

Flurry of activity in Gillingham near crash site

A resident has described seeing a flurry of activity in Gillingham, Norfolk where a helicopter has crashed this evening.

“From about eight o’clock there have been loads of police cars, fire engines and ambulances going past here," Lorraine Greenwood told the Eastern Daily Press.

“I don’t think they were sure where it was in the fog because some were going round the roundabout and back again. I didn't hear any crash but I did see two other helicopters that looked like police helicopters circling.”

Emergency services remain at the scene where a police cordon is in place.

Population of helicopter crash area Gillingham 650

The village of Gillingham, near Beccles, where a helicopter crashed earlier this evening is populated by just 650 people.

The small area has two schools, a church and a village hall according to the Eastern Daily Press.

It is not known whether any buildings have been affected by the crash.

Helicopter crash in Norfolk: Latest updates

Crash occurred in Gillingham, near Beccles

The helicopter crashed at around 7.30pm in Gillingham, near Beccles, police have confirmed.

There have been suggestions that the helicopter was a civilian aircraft, although it is not known how many people were on board at this stage.

The incident occurred in Gillingham, Beccles in Norfolk. Credit: Google Maps

Read: Police dealing with helicopter crash in Norfolk

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Police dealing with helicopter crash in Norfolk

Police have confirmed that they are dealing with a helicopter crash in Norfolk.

A Norfolk Police statement said: "Police are currently dealing with a helicopter crash in Gillingham, near Beccles.

"Officers were called at about 7.30pm which led to a search of the area resulting in the discovery of the crash site.

"Emergency services remain on scene and a police cordon is in place."

Helicopter crash reported in Loddon, Norfolk

A helicopter has crashed in Loddon, Norfolk, local media reports suggest.

The editor of the Eastern Daily Press, Nigel Pickover, tweeted:

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BREAKING: Another major helicopter crash in #Norfolk tonight - #loddon area. Sadly, believed fataliies more here and #EDP24

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BREAKING: @norfolkfire at scene of latest #Norfolk copter crash - NOT military according to #EDP24 sources - another major tragedy feared

Beach reopened after discovery of unexploded bomb

A beach in Norfolk has been reopened after the discovery of what is thought to have been an unexploded mortar bomb.

A member of the public found the explosive at Hemsby, eight miles north of Great Yarmouth. Credit: Google Maps

Part of the seafront at the village of Hemsby, eight miles north of Great Yarmouth, was cordoned off after a member of the public made the discovery at around 8.15am, Norfolk police said.

The area was cordoned off after the discovery before bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion of the device this afternoon.

The cordon was subsequently lifted.

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