Man Arrested After Laser Shone At Police Helicopter

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after a laser was shone at a police helicopter.

The helicopter was responding to a call at around 10.30pm on Tuesday, when someone in a car parked on Benmore Avenue, Edgbaston, shone a laser at it.

Police tracked the vehicle and arrested a man from Nechells.

Police said laser attacks on any aircraft were extremely irresponsible and dangerous.


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