Bristol man accused of shining laser at police helicopter

A man has been charged after a laser was apparently shone at a police helicopter flying over Bristol.

Police said the laser was pointed at the helicopter while it was overhead in the Fishponds area at 19:30 GMT on Monday.

Gavin Hoskins, 26, from Bristol, has been charged with directing or shining a light at an aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot.

He is due appear at Bristol Magistrates Court on 12 February.

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