Leeds & West Yorkshire

Arrest over West Yorkshire Police helicopter laser attack

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested after a laser pen was repeatedly pointed at the West Yorkshire Police helicopter.

The force said the boy was held on suspicion of endangering the safety of an aircraft after a green laser was shone at it on Sunday night.

He has been bailed pending further inquiries.

In a separate incident, lasers were also shone at planes flying into Leeds Bradford Airport, police said.

John Whittaker, from the West Yorkshire Police Air Support Unit, said: "Shining a laser at an aircraft is very serious and potentially very dangerous.

"As well as putting the pilot and crew in danger, it can also delay the helicopter from dealing with jobs where time is of critical importance."

Police said crew on board the helicopter used specialist equipment to direct officers on the ground to an address in Bradford.

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