Leeds man in court after laser light shone on police helicopter

A man is due to appear in court after a laser pointer was shone at the West Yorkshire Police helicopter on New Year's Day.

At about 5.55am last Saturday the pilot of the force chopper reported a laser being shone at the aircraft as it was flying over the Bramley area of Leeds.

The crew applied technology systems on board the aircraft in a bid to pinpoint the source of the light and then directed officers on the ground to a nearby address.

A 19-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of shining a laser pen at the helicopter and a laser pen was recovered.

The man was charged with endangering an aircraft and will appear at Leeds Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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