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Police helicopter targeted by laser in Staffordshire: Two men arrested.

A police helicopter was helping a search over Northwood in Stoke when it had a laser shone at it shortly before nine this evening. Two men in their early 20s were arrested and are in custody.

Last February the National Police Air Service issued this statement on lasers:

"The increasing number of laser attacks on aircraft worldwide is a source of serious concern to the aviation industry. In an attack, a laser pointer is deliberately or recklessly shone at airborne aircraft, sometimes persistently over a period of minutes. The impact on a pilot is at the very least distracting, but can be serious enough to cause temporary 'flash' blindness and in some cases; lasting eye damage.

"The frequency of these attacks in the UK alone is increasing at a worrying rate with around 1800 laser strikes on aircraft last year officially reported to the Civil Aviation Authority. What may seem harmless fun to the culprit could potentially have devastating consequences for the crew and passengers in the aircraft as well as innocent members of public on the ground. In serious cases, using a laser pointer in this way can carry a prison sentence.

"The National Police Air Service is working with colleagues from across the UK aviation sector in order to manage this risk and to reduce the number of flight crews that become victims of these attacks. We are currently conducting a laser eyewear protection trial which we hope will better support us to protect our staff against this threat in future."

– Ollie Dismore, Director of Operations for the National Police Air Service
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Weekend Picks: Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show

Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show: Sat 15th - 16th Oct (Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford)

Credit: Joe Dick

The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show takes place this weekend.

This year’s show will welcome former racers Dave Aldana, Don Emde, Mert Lawwill and Gene Romero who’ll be sharing their stories with showgoers.

There will be a dedicated Suzuki area at this year’s event where Barry Sheene’s 1976 and 1977 world championship-winning bikes will be on display for visitors to take a look at.

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Man released on bail following toddler death

Packett Street, Fenton Credit: ITV News Central

A 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder of a two-year-old girl has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

The man was arrested yesterday following the discovery of a two-year-old girl's body at an address in Packett Street, Fenton. She has yet to be formally identified.

A 19-year-old woman was also arrested and remains in custody this morning.


Children's minor injury care unit opens at County Hospital

A minor injuries unit for children will be open from today. Credit: PA Images

A minor injuries unit at County Hospital in Stafford will be open to under 16-year-olds from today.

It comes after Accident and Emergency services continue to be suspended for children due to concerns about safety in August this year.

16 and 17 year-olds will be able to use the main Accident and Emergency Department at the hospital.

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