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Helicopter crashes in Norfolk: Four people feared dead

By Claire Cromie

Four people are feared dead in a helicopter crash in Gillingham, Norfolk.

Emergency services are searching the wreckage.

Norfolk Police said the helicopter, which is a civilian aircraft rather than military, came down near Beccles and that the wreckage was discovered by officers after a caller reported the impact.

In a brief statement a spokeswoman said: “The helicopter has been confirmed as a civilian aircraft and the four occupants on board are thought to have died in the crash.

"Next of kin will be informed before further details of a deceased are released.”

Officers were called at about 7.30pm and after searching the area, discovered the crash site. Emergency services remain on scene and a police cordon is in place.

The crash comes just two months after a US military HH-60G Pave Hawk, based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, crashed in Cley next the Sea, Norfolk, during a low level training exercise killing four personnel.

A spokeswoman for East of England Ambulance Service said: "We got called to reports of a helicopter crash near Beccles and we sent several resources to the scene, including doctors."

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