Man who blinded a police helicopter pilot with a laser pen pleads guilty

A man who shined a laser pen at a National Police Air Service Helicopter and caused a pilot to temporarily lose sight has pleaded guilty in court.

Limshin Chung Ching Wan, 42 and of Blackdown Close in N2, pleaded guilty to “recklessly and negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft” at Hendon Magistrates’ Court.

“Police were called to an address in Blackdown Close, East Finchley on 12 January 2017 after a National Police Air Service Helicopter was targeted with a green laser light several times, causing a crew member to momentarily lose vision,” the Met said in a statement.

“The aircraft was repositioned to protect the pilot and local officers from Barnet’s Response Team swiftly attended the address where it was believed the laser pen was being used.

“Chung Ching Wan was questioned about the laser being shone out of the window and he initially denied having any laser pens.

“However, when the seriousness of the offence was explained Chung Ching Wan produced a laser pen.”

And Sergeant Jamie Kay from Barnet added: “My officers work closely with the National Police Air Service following any laser attack providing a fast response using sophisticated mapping technology to surround and search any address containing offenders.

“As is demonstrated in this case, this usually leads to their prompt arrest. Shining a laser at an aircraft is incredibly dangerous.”


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