Officers arrest man under Laser Misuse Act 2018 after he pointed device at aircraft which was carrying out unrelated vehicle search
: WESSEX NEWS AGENCY
A 60-year-old man has been cautioned after shining a laser beam at a police helicopter.
A National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter from Bournemouth had been sent to Southampton on Saturday to help find a vehicle which had failed to stop for police.
While flying over Portswood, a laser was shone at the cockpit of the helicopter.
Officers on the ground traced the source to a house in Portswood and arrested a man for offences under the Laser Misuse Act 2018.
He was taken into custody and a laser device was seized.
A spokesman for Hampshire Roads Policing Unit said on Saturday: “Earlier today we had a vehicle which failed to stop for us in Southampton.
“We were thankful for the assistance from NPAS who attended from Bournemouth to help with the search for the vehicle.
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