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Man sentenced for shining laser at police helicopter

A Flintshire man has been given a suspended sentence and community service after admitting to acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft.

Kevin Griffiths shone a laser pen at a police helicopter searching for a missing person.

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Police: shining laser at helicopter is 'stupid and reckless'

Griffiths shone the laser pen at a police helicopter from his bedroom window Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The National Police Air Service has condemned Nigel Griffiths' use of a laser pen as "stupid and reckless".

"The sentence itself should act as a deterrent to others who should look at this and think this is not a game" says Chief Supt Ian Whitehouse.

"Real people's lives are put at risk. Anyone who takes it upon themselves to shine a laser at an aircraft will result in being arrested, being prosecuted and will get a criminal record".

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