Helicopter crashes into a field near village as police rush to the scene

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A helicopter has crashed into a field in a village in North Yorkshire, police said.

North Yorkshire Police said emergency services were at the scene of the incident off Bentham Road, near Burton in Lonsdale.

The force said the incident happened shortly before midday and people are “strongly urged” to avoid the area.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: "Emergency services are at the scene of an incident off Bentham Road near Burton in Lonsdale, where a helicopter has crashed into a field.

"The incident happened shortly before midday. People are strongly urged to avoid the area."

The cause of the helicopter crash is currently unknown, and is believed to have crashed on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

The crash is believed to have happened near to the border with Lancashire and Cumbria, close to Ingleton Holiday Cottages.

Police have urged the public to stay clear of the area on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales at this time.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service has been contacted for comment.

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