Laser pointer shone at Lincolnshire Air Ambulance on emergency call

A Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance ambucopter.  Photo supplied.
A Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance ambucopter. Photo supplied.
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An “ill-judged” act by a child rather than a malicious attack is thought to have led to a laser pointer being shone at the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance last night.

Lincolnshire Police would like to remind people of the dangers of shining laser devices at aircrafts following an incident in the Witham St Hughes area.

At 7.30pm on Sunday, October 4, police received a report that a laser had been shone at the air ambulance as it returned from an emergency call. Thankfully, the aircraft was not affected.

A Police spokesperson said: “It is not only extremely dangerous but is also a criminal offence. It can dazzle or distract a pilot and can prove a considerable threat to safety.”

“These devices are not toys and we would like to remind people of the seriousness of shining them at an aircraft.”

Last night’s incident is believed to be a stupid and ill-judged act of a child rather than a real intention to cause harm. Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances.

Advice to parents and guardians is to take away and dispose of any laser devises seen in the possession of children.