Richard Brandon, who works on board the Met's helicopter, says lasers being shone into cockpits are "incredibly distracting". However, their helicopter does have new equipment to identify where the laser is coming from.
Reports of an aircraft being forced to perform emergency landing at Gatwick
A Virgin flight was forced to turn round and perform an emergency landing earlier today. The flight from Gatwick to Orlando Florida had to return to the airport after a technical issue shortly after take off.
The plane is safely on the ground and the passengers are disembarking. All flights in and out of London Gatwick are currently suspended.