Cop­per chop­per in laser at­tack

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A PO­LICE he­li­copter has been tar­geted in a laser at­tack.

The Na­tional Po­lice Air Ser­vice crew were re­spond­ing to a call in South Wales on Mon­day night when a laser pen was shone on the copter.

The NPAS, which sup­plies po­lice forces in Eng­land and Wales with air sup­port, said the St Athan-based crew was ham­pered by the in­ci­dent.

The NPAS said 1,380 laser at­tacks on air­craft were re­ported to the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity last year.

A spokesman for the NPAS said: “Con­tin­ued laser at­tacks on air­craft world­wide is a source of se­ri­ous con­cern.

“The im­pact on a pi­lot is at the very least dis­tract­ing but can be se­ri­ous enough to cause tem­po­rary blind­ness.”

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