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Man (44) arrested after laser pointed at PSNI helicopter during Co Tyrone security alert

Published 18/06/2016

Man (44) arrested after laser pointed at PSNI helicopter during Co Tyrone security alert
Man (44) arrested after laser pointed at PSNI helicopter during Co Tyrone security alert

A 44-year-old man has been arrested after a laser was pointed at a police helicopter during a security alert in Co Tyrone.

Police attended a security alert in Lisnafin Park, Strabane on Friday.

Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said: "A car was seized and what is believed to be a suspected firearm was recovered. This suspected firearm will be the subject of further forensic examination.

“Enquiries into this incident are currently ongoing.”

During the operation, a 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of endangering the safety of an aircraft when a laser was pointed at a police helicopter.

"The crew of the helicopter were able to direct officers on the ground to a house where the suspect was arrested. Following a search of the property a bag of lasers was recovered," he said.

“The man has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries."

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