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60-year-old cautioned for shining laser beam at police helicopter

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Published Time: 11.02.2024 - 22:40:14 Modified Time: 11.02.2024 - 22:40:14

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

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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