Laser pen duo wanted by po­lice af­ter skip­ping court

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

A WAR­RANT has been is­sued for the ar­rest of two men who shone a laser pen at po­lice riot he­li­copter.

Drunk pranksters David Bl­izy­cki, 26, and Ar­tur Chat, 23, were due to be sen­tenced af­ter en­dan­ger­ing the lives of the crew as they mon­i­tored a riot from the air

But the Pol­ish na­tion­als failed to turn up for the hear­ing at Ch­ester Crown Court on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 11.

De­tec­tives are now try­ing to trace the men, who are known to have re­turned home to Poland, and bring them back to the UK to face jus­tice.

Bl­izy­cki, for­merly of Drum­mond Way, Macclesfield, and Chat, for­merly of Green Lane, Alder­ley Edge, both ad­mit­ted reck­lessly or neg­li­gently act­ing in a man­ner likely to en­dan­ger an air­craft or per­sons in an air­craft at Macclesfield mag­is­trates’ court in Jan­uary.

Dur­ing the hear­ing mag­is­trates heard that the Na­tional Po­lice Air Ser­vice (NPAS) he­li­copter

. had been scram­bled to Soss Moss men­tal health hos­pi­tal in Nether Alder­ley af­ter some pa­tients be­came vi­o­lent late at night on July 5 last year.

But while hov­er­ing at 1,200 feet, pi­lot Cap­tain John Carr was forced to take im­me­di­ate eva­sive ac­tion when the laser pen was shone at him, the court was told.

Dur­ing a 20-minute or­deal the light beam was re­peat­edly aimed at the he­li­copter, caus­ing the crew to aban­don their role record­ing the riot.

The flight crew then used cam­eras to guide po­lice col­leagues on the ground to the cul­prits.

The court heard of­fi­cers ar­rived at Pear­son’s tomato farm in Alder­ley Edge and found a group of Pol­ish na­tion­als, in­clud­ing Bl­izy­cki and Chat, who ad­mit­ted us­ing the laser.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “The con­se­quences of Cap­tain Carr be­ing blinded by the light were dire, bear­ing in mind he was the sole pi­lot. In per­form­ing this eva­sive ma­noeu­vre he was forced to aban­don the op­er­a­tional task and was un­able to con­tinue.

“The light be­ing shone at the air­craft lasted sev­eral min­utes ini­tially, fol­lowed by a se­ries of fur­ther episodes dur­ing the next 20 min­utes.”

Christo­pher Joseph, de­fend­ing, said the men, who since the in­ci­dent have moved back home to Poland, had not acted de­lib­er­ately, adding: “This was an act of supreme drunken stu­pid­ity.”

●● David Bl­izy­cki (left) and Ar­tur Chat re­turned to Poland af­ter ad­mit­ting shin­ing a laser pen at a po­lice he­li­copter from a Alder­ley Edge tomato farm

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