Coventry & Warwickshire

Laser pen shone twice at police helicopter pilot

A police helicopter pilot had a laser pen shone at him twice in 30 minutes while on patrol over Coventry.

Police traced the laser to Deedmore Road in the Wood End area on Tuesday night but despite stopping two suspected youths, were unable to find the pen.

West Midlands Police said that in extreme cases pilots could become temporarily blinded.

The force said it would have "no hesitation in prosecuting offenders".

Air operations supervisor Sgt David Mitchell said: "Sometimes pilots are required to hover close to overhead wiring or tower blocks, moves which require extreme skill and precision, so even being distracted by a split second can have terrible consequences."

A police spokesman said this was a serious incident and that people had gone to prison for "reckless acts like this" in the past.

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