Sentence for Welwyn Garden City man who shone laser at aircraft

A LASER-BEARING man, who shone his light at a police helicopter, has been jailed for five months.

Ross Millson, 20, of Peartree Lane, WGC, pleaded guilty to endangering the safety of an aircraft, after the pilot of a force helicopter had reported a light was shone into his eyes en-route to an incident.

The incident happened near Panshanger at 2.40am, on August 1, 2009.

Justice Cooke said at the St Albans Crown Court case on Friday: “You jeopardised the safety of people in the helicopter and had there been a crash, a number of people could have been injured.”

Detective chief inspector Trevor Rodenhurst added: “We hope this custodial sentence acts as a deterrent to anyone considering doing something so reckless. Pilots can pinpoint locations to where the light is coming from and direct police resources.”


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