Tyne & Wear

Arrest in Northumbria Police helicopter laser probe

A teenager has been arrested after a laser was shone at the Northumbria Police helicopter.

The crew reported the green laser was shone at them as they flew over South Shields shortly after 02:00 BST.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of shining a light so as to distract a pilot. He was later released on bail pending further inquiries.

Northumbria Police warned shining a light at an aircraft could dazzle the pilots.

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