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North London man convicted of shining laser pen at police helicopter

North London man convicted of shining laser pen at police helicopter

Guilty plea comes as Government announces tougher laws for laser pen offenders.


Limshin Chung Ching Wan, 42, was arrested at his home on Blackdown Close, East Finchley, after police used mapping technoligy to trace the source of a green laser light which temporarily blinded a crew member aboard the National Police Air Service helicopter.


Sergeant Jamie Kay of the Met Police at Barnet said response team officers on the ground liased with colleagues in the air service to locate the house where a search revealed four laser pens.


He said: “Shining a laser at an aircraft is incredibly dangerous. Lasers are not toys and they should be handled responsibly.”


"The helicopter was over a built-up area and this had the potential to lead to catastrophic results both for the occupants of the helicopter and wholly innocent members of the public below who were probably sleeping in their beds. This was not accidental but a deliberate act by Chung Ching Wan.


Limshin Chung Ching Wan pleaded guilty to recklessly and negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft at Hendon Magistrates' Court


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.


Chung Ching Wan will be sentenced at at Harrow Crown Court on a date to be confirmed.


Currently, it is an offence to shine lasers at pilots and offenders could face fines of up to £2,500 and/or up to five years in prison.


On Sunday, 5 February, the Secretary of State for Transport MP Chris Grayling announced that those shining lasers at pilots, train or bus drivers could face fines of thousands of pounds or a jail sentence under stronger new powers designed to protect the public.


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