Man arrested after laser shone at police helicopter

A man has been arrested after shining a laser at a police helicopter in Lancashire.

Sunday, 19th June 2016, 8:06 am
Updated Sunday, 19th June 2016, 11:23 am
The view from the police helicopter as a man shone a laser at the pilots Picture: National Police Air Service Warton, Lancashire

​The offender is believed to have targeted the helicopter in the Penwortham area of Preston.

The helicopter, based at Warton, was helping Preston police search for a man after a complaint of domestic assault at around midnight.

As they were returning to base a man in the Penwortham area shone a green laser at the aircraft.

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NPAS Warton later tweeted an image of how a laser can dazzle a pilot.

They added: “We had a man arrested tonight for doing this. Don’t do it, it’s dangerous and stupid and we will arrest.”