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Shocking footage shows man shining laser at police helicopter

Footage has been released by South Wales Police that shows a laser being shone directly at a police helicopter in April.

54-year-old Michael Bisgrove, had earlier shone the £5 laser at a passenger aeroplane landing at Cardiff Airport. Within minutes, Police responded by helicopter to investigate the incident.

Mr Bisgrove was identified quickly as he shone his laser at them as well. He was arrested in April and then sentenced in September 2019 for 2 years and 8 months.

Mr Bisgrove was sentenced to prison for 2 years and 8 months

The laser beam was shone through the front window of the cockpit. The dazzling light caused Captain Small and his crew difficulty when it shone into the cockpit for about a minute.

– Prosecutor Anthony Cheung

The passenger flight was flying back from the Canary Islands and about to land when the green laser came at them. The incident put 180 people on board the TUI passenger flight at risk.

Shining a laser at an aircraft is extremely dangerous and can put lives at risk and cause retinal damage. Anyone who does it can be jailed for up to five years.