Laser pen teen aimed at police chopper

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Crime news

A TEENAGER could face a custodial sentence for shining a laser pen at a police helicopter on patrol over Wigan borough.

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.

After 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.

The teenager was granted unconditional bail and will return to court on Friday March 28 for sentencing.