‘Green laser’ aimed at planes could be investigated as ‘criminal assault’

PUBLISHED: 16:13 22 January 2019

A 'green laser' is being aimed at planes taking-off from Bristol Airport. Picture: ASP Bristol Airport

A 'green laser' is being aimed at planes taking-off from Bristol Airport. Picture: ASP Bristol Airport

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Police say reports of a ‘green laser’ being aimed at planes taking-off from Bristol Airport could be investigated as ‘criminal assault’.

The Bristol Airport branch of Avon and Somerset Constabulary tweeted a warning on Friday night, appealing for information about the incident.

A police spokesman said: “It is a criminal offence to shine a laser at an aircraft.

“This could cause injury to the pilot and potentially endanger the aircraft and everyone on board.

“If the pilot received an eye injury this would be investigated as criminal assault, in addition to endangering an aircraft.”

These criminal offences
are punishable with a 
prison sentence of up to five years.

A spokesman for Bristol Airport, said: “We take any incident with the potential to endanger aircraft extremely seriously.

“We will assist Avon and Somerset police in taking action against those responsible.”


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