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Helicopter crew in laser danger

The search has started for a person who sone a laser at an army helicopter, putting the crew's lives at risk.

The Lynx helicopter, which is based with the Army Air Corp at Dishforth, was flying over Ripon when it happened before 10pm on 9 October.

It is believed the person using the high powered laser was in the Victoria Grove junction with the All Hallow Gate area of the city.

Police officers, with help from the helicopter crew, searched the area, but were not able to find the person responsible.

I cannot condemn this act of utter stupidity strongly enough. As well as causing the flight crew considerable difficulty and putting their lives at risk, the consequences had the helicopter crashed are unthinkable.

I urge anyone who can help to identify those responsible for this reckless act to come forward and contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately.

– Temporary Chief Inspector Sarah Sanderson, of Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Command