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Man charged with shining laser pen at police helicopter

A man has been charged with shining a laser pen at a police helicopter. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man from Northamptonshire has been charged with the new offence of endangering a police helicopter by shining a laser pen at it.

It's alleged that Voyslav Dimitrov, from Minerva Way in Wellingborough, shone a green laser into the cockpit as the helicopter was taking part in a search on Saturday (September 15).

The 28-year-old has been bailed to appear before Northampton Magistrates’ Court on October 15.

The Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Act was introduced in May this year.

It means it is now an offence to shine or direct a laser beam towards a vehicle, regardless of intent, removing the need for police officers to establish proof of intention to cause a safety hazard.

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