Man convicted of deliberately shining laser at police helicopter

Limshin Chung Ching Wan. Credit: Met Police

A man who deliberately shone a laser pen at a police helicopter, causing temporary vision loss to a crew member, has pleaded guilty in court.

Limshin Chung Ching Wan admitted to recklessly and negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft at Hendon Magistrates' court.

Police helicopter. Credit: PA

My officers work closely with the National Police Air Service following any laser attack providing a fast response using sophisticated mapping technology to surround and search any address containing offenders. As is demonstrated in this case, this usually leads to their prompt arrest. Shining a laser at an aircraft is incredibly dangerous.

Sergeant Jamie Kay
Police helicopter. Credit: PA

It is currently an offence to shine lasers at pilots and offenders could face fines of up to £2,500 and up to five years in prison. Chung Ching Wan will be sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on a date to be confirmed.