Laser pen teen aims at police ‘chopper

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A St Helens teenager could face a custodial sentence for shining a laser pen at a police helicopter on patrol.

The 15-year-old boy - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - pleaded guilty to a charge of recklessly acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or a person in an aircraft.

A youth court hearing at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court yesterday was told that the pilot of the Greater Manchester Police helicopter “was distracted by a piercing green laser light” while flying over Ashton in the early hours of December 21 last year.

The aircraft was targeted on a number of occasions in a “deliberate manner” and the laser pen caused the cockpit to fill with green light.

The offender was later arrested after the pilot used electronic location equipment to determine his whereabouts. A

fter the arrest, the teenager told officers he accepted responsibility but had not realised “the severity of his actions”.

He has a clean record previous to this incident, the court was told. Proceedings were adjourned while a pre-sentence report is prepared.

He was granted unconditional bail and will return for sentencing on March 28.