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Man from Bedford jailed for shining laser at police helicopter

Neil Lanham from Bedford has been jailed after pleading guilty to pointing a laser at a police helicopter.

The 50-year-old was arrested after he was seen shining the laser beam by the crew of the aircraft.

The police say their helicopters are fitted with high-tech equipment that is able to observe and describe the perpetrator, as well as track their movement.

Officers arrived at the address on Woburn Road where they saw Lanham attempting to dispose of the laser by throwing it in a neighbours garden and he was arrested.

“Pointing the beam of a laser at any vehicle or aircraft is extremely dangerous. When the laser hits the cockpit of an aircraft the crew can get momentarily disoriented, which can have disastrous consequences.

We want to make it clear that this should not be done for any reason and especially not for fun."

– PC Adam Geary

Lanham was sentenced to four months in prison on Tuesday 26 November.