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Helicopter laser man spared jail

A man who shone a laser pen at a police helicopter has avoided going to prison "by a whisker", a judge has said.

Stuart Bowering, 31, from Bristol, said he had been using the laser pen to wear out his dogs on a walk last December and had not realised its power.

The father-of-five, from Hawkfield Road, Hartcliffe, pleaded guilty to recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft.

He told Bristol Crown Court he had not meant to direct it at the helicopter.

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  • 11 Apr 2012
  • From the section Bristol