Arrest after police helicopter was 'lasered' while hovering above New Malden

Arrest after police helicopter was 'lasered' hovering above rooftop gathering

Arrest after police helicopter was 'lasered' hovering above rooftop gathering

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A man who shone a laser pen at a police helicopter in New Malden was arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.

India 99 was attending to reports of up to 10 people walking around on rooftops on Saturday, July 19 at 10.40pm.

It was forced to abandon its search after it was "lasered" by someone in a garden in Walton Avenue.

A 32-year-old man has been bailed until mid September.

Were you on the roof? Call the newsdesk on 020 8722 6321 or email newsdesk@surreycomet.co.uk

A message was later posted on Twitter by @MPSinthesky warning of the dangers (and repercussions) of shining lasers at police helicopters:

 

 

 

 

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12:41pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

32yr old? All those years & still no working brain cells. Jail this ignorant waste of oxygen.
32yr old? All those years & still no working brain cells. Jail this ignorant waste of oxygen. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 9

1:17pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Imigrante says...

I am sure they will give the offender a slap on the wrists or 2 hours community service......
I am sure they will give the offender a slap on the wrists or 2 hours community service...... Imigrante
  • Score: 4

2:24pm Thu 24 Jul 14

321200 says...

More criminal is the fact you haven't got a picture of MPS Helicopter :(
More criminal is the fact you haven't got a picture of MPS Helicopter :( 321200
  • Score: 1

10:39am Fri 25 Jul 14

chriswp says...

Not only the safety of those in the air but also the safety of those on the ground should an accident occur caused by stupid actions.

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USA do it differently.

Pointing a laser at a police helicopter got a California man a 14-year prison sentence, which federal officials and pilots hope will discourage the threat to airline safety.

Sergio Rodriguez, 26, of Clovis, was sentenced Monday for pointing a laser at a Fresno police helicopter, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner. Rodriguez and his girlfriend, Jennifer Coleman, 23, were both convicted by a federal jury after a three–day trial in December.
Not only the safety of those in the air but also the safety of those on the ground should an accident occur caused by stupid actions. ...... USA do it differently. Pointing a laser at a police helicopter got a California man a 14-year prison sentence, which federal officials and pilots hope will discourage the threat to airline safety. Sergio Rodriguez, 26, of Clovis, was sentenced Monday for pointing a laser at a Fresno police helicopter, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner. Rodriguez and his girlfriend, Jennifer Coleman, 23, were both convicted by a federal jury after a three–day trial in December. chriswp
  • Score: 3

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