Lasers shone at aeroplanes flying over Wakefield to Leeds Bradford Airport

Police Helicopter
Police Helicopter

LASERS were shone at aircraft flying over Wakefield last night (Sunday).

Police said passenger planes heading to Leeds Bradford Airport were targeted by laser beams being shone from the ground.

The force’s helicopter was scrambled to help aircraft land safely, while trying to find the culprits.

And the helicopter was also repeatedly targeted with a green laser pen at around 11pm last night.

John Whittaker, who leads the West Yorkshire Police Air Support Unit, said: “Shining a laser at an aircraft is very serious and potentially very dangerous.

“As well as putting the pilot and crew in danger, it can also delay the helicopter from dealing with jobs where time is of critical importance.

“We take every single attack very seriously.”

Lasers were also shone at aircraft flying over Leeds, Huddersfield and Dewsbury.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested in Bradford on suspicion of endangering the safety of an aircraft and a laser pen was seized.

The teenager has been released on bail pending further enquiries.