Officers investigating an incident where a laser was shone at an aircraft flying over Elstree are appealing for information and witnesses.
Offender(s) shone a green laser at a helicopter near Elstree aerodrome at 5.20pm on Monday (November 28), which distracted the pilot, but it did not cause the flight to deviate or take any action as a result.
Hertsmere Neighbourhood Inspector Pete Edwards said: “Shining lasers at aircrafts is a criminal offence which could put the aircraft and those on board in serious danger. Pilots can pinpoint locations to where the light is coming from and direct police resources if required. Those that are caught could be charged with endangering an aircraft and receive up to five years in prison.
“This is the second incident this week – on Wednesday, a green laser was shone at an Emirates plane flying over Bushey.
“We have been speaking to school pupils about the incidents and would urge parents to make sure their children do not buy lasers.
“Anyone with any information about who may be responsible is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.”
Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.