Laser lights threat to pilots flying over Letchworth

PEOPLE caught shining laser lights into the eyes of pilots can be sent to jail. That s the warning from police after seven incidents in Letchworth GC this month.Six involved commercial jets and one the police helicopter, all during the evening or at nigh

PEOPLE caught shining laser lights into the eyes of pilots can be sent to jail.

That's the warning from police after seven incidents in Letchworth GC this month.

Six involved commercial jets and one the police helicopter, all during the evening or at night. The latest was on Sunday.

Shining lasers at aircraft is a criminal offence which could put the aircraft and those on board in serious danger.

Pilots can pinpoint locations to where the light is coming from and direct police to the spot. Those that are caught could be charged with endangering an aircraft and receive up to five years in prison.

Superintendant Andrew Ewing said: "Members of the public should not attempt to shine lasers towards anybody's eyes, let alone those either driving vehicles or piloting aircraft. It is extremely dangerous and could, in extreme cases, result in devastating consequences. Those who endanger an aircraft in this way will be caught and dealt with very robustly.