Glasgow & West Scotland

Teenager held over laser attacks on aircraft in Glasgow

A teenager has been arrested in connection with alleged laser pen attacks on aircraft and a police vehicle in Glasgow.

The incidents took place in the city's Drumchapel area.

The 17-year-old male was due to appear from custody at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Ch Insp John McBride, of Police Scotland, said: "These types of incidents are extremely dangerous and will simply not be tolerated."

He added: "The effect of a laser attack within an aircraft can dazzle and distract the crew - it can even cause temporary blindness.

"Luckily on these occasions no harm was caused and the pilot was able to land the aircraft safely, however the potential for catastrophe should not be underestimated.

"People need to realise the dangers of this reckless behaviour and I would urge anyone to think twice before doing so as this is an offence we take extremely seriously."

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