A Penwortham man has been arrested after a police helicopter was targeted with a laser pen.Advertisement
NPAS Warton was flying over the area after helping Preston Police trace a man wanted for assault.
As they flew back to their base near Preston they had the green light shine into their cockpit.
A short piece of video footage shows the blinding impact it can have.
REMINDER as our video shows shining a laser at an aircraft is dangerous, an offence & can get you arrested & prison pic.twitter.com/xau0bHTHUV
— NPAS Warton (@NPAS_Warton) June 19, 2016
NPAS Warton tweeted: “It’s dangerous, stupid and we will arrest.”
The police helicopter is due to stop operating in August, as cover for the Preston area is to be provided by Yorkshire and Manchester crews.