Boy reprimanded for shining laser at police helicopter

PUBLISHED: 09:25 04 October 2010

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A BOY has been reprimanded for shining a green laser at the police helicopter whilst in flight.

A BOY has been reprimanded for shining a green laser at the police helicopter whilst in flight.

The incident happened at on Tuesday (September 28) when the helicopter was in operation near Cambridge Airport.

The laser was shone directly at the aircraft’s nose, dazzling the pilot and forcing him to take evasive action.

The crew tracked the suspect on the ground and the 13-year-old boy from Histon was arrested a short while later. He admitted shining the laser and was given a reprimand.

Sgt Gordon Murray, from the air operations unit, said: “Pointing lasers, or any kind of light, at aircraft is extremely dangerous, with the potential for disorienting the aircrew and bringing an aircraft down, with all the implications which that holds both for the crew and anyone on the ground who may be in the way.”

The incident was the fifth in Cambridgeshire this year involving lasers.

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