Humberside Police laser pen shine men call for ban

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Media captionThe incident took place near Bridlington in February

Two men who admitted shining a laser pen at a police helicopter have called for the devices to be banned.

Sean Skipworth, 46, of Martin Road, Beverley and Carl Southern, 31, of Mayfield Road, Bridlington received a 12-month conditional discharge at a hearing at Beverley Magistrates' Court.

The pair were arrested after they aimed at the Humberside Police helicopter as it flew near Bridlington in February.

Skipworth said he did not realise it had dazzled the crew.

Image caption Carl Southern (L) and Sean Skipworth received a 12-month conditional discharge

Speaking outside the court after his sentencing, Skipworth said: "We didn't realise the range of it.

"We saw a light a very large distance away from us, I think the pilot said it was around a-mile-and-a-half away and we aimed it towards it, not realising we were dazzling the pilot.

"We saw the film footage from inside the cabin and saw how bright the light was and to be honest it was quite scary.

"I didn't realise it was that powerful and dangerous."

Skipworth said he bought the laser pen over the internet from a seller in Japan and intended to mount it on his air rifle for hunting at night.

He said the devices should be banned.

"In the wrong hands it does become lethal," he said.

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