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Warning after laser pens shone at aircraft in Co Antrim

Laser pens
Laser pens

Police have issued a warning after reports of laser pens being pointed towards aircraft in Co Antrim.

A total of four such incidents have been reported in Newtownabbey in the last week, with the latest taking place in the Jordanstown area on Friday night.

PSNI Inspector McCarron said: “Thankfully no one was injured or vision impaired as a result of this extremely dangerous and reckless behaviour.

“Not only is it an offence under the Air Navigation Order to endanger aircraft but it is highly irresponsible and dangerous. Lasers can cause temporary blindness and where pilots are concerned, this could result in a catastrophe and possibly lead to significant loss of life.

"Those involved in this type of activity need to be mindful of the impact which their behaviour could have. Those involved could face charges of being in possession of a dangerous weapon.

"If you use lasers in this way, you must be prepared to face the consequences."

Earlier this year, a Ballymena man was charged after a laser pen was shone at a police helicopter as it hovered over the town.

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