Laser pen is shone at police helicopter over Keighley

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after a laser was repeatedly beamed into the cockpit of the police force helicopter while it was flying over Keighley.

West Yorkshire Police’s helicopter X99 was scrambled to reports of two known criminals acting suspiciously in the car park of the town’s railway station in Bradford Road, and later at a large mill complex nearby, a spokesman said The pilot was able to direct police officers to the spot on the ground where the laser was being used and a 23-year-old Keighley man was arrested.

A police spokesman said he remained in custody last night.

MPs have made fresh calls for an investigation into the availability and “potentially dangerous” use of laser pens following the latest incident shortly after 8.30pm on Thursday.

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins questioned whether the Government should consider regulating who can buy lasers – including laser pens – and calling for “tougher penalties” for those who shine them at aircraft.

“Time is certainly of the essence, because I have little doubt that there is an accident waiting to happen,” he said.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reported a “phenomenal growth” in reports of laser incidents in the UK from just three in 2008 to 1,909 last year.

A spokesman said pilots can be temporarily blinded by lasers.

Mr Hopkins has written to Transport Secretary Justine Greening, highlighting his concerns. He said: “I have witnessed young people in possession of laser pens in and around the centre of Keighley since the beginning of the year.

“I am also aware of a significant number of incidents at Leeds-Bradford Airport in recent times where pilots taking off and landing have been targeted by mindless idiots wielding these potentially very dangerous devices.”

Liberal Democrat MP, Greg Mulholland, backed a campaign to make it a criminal offence to shine a laser into an aircraft cockpit and the law was introduced last year.

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12:13pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Ian H 1971 says...

Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.
Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either. Ian H 1971
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12:46pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Pete Sam says...

Ian H 1971 wrote:
Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.
Blame the scum criminals who prefer to hide in residential areas.
[quote][p][bold]Ian H 1971[/bold] wrote: Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.[/p][/quote]Blame the scum criminals who prefer to hide in residential areas. Pete Sam
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1:51pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

What a joke of a comment. What do you want them to do? Leave the crime fighting until you're up? Gonna give em a ring once you decide it's a decent enough hour for them to play out? It costs a hell of a lot of money to get those up and giving support to ground crews whilst chasing criminals I don't think they could afford to fit silencers whilst hovering over your house you total numpty.

Of course they will hover over residential areas, looking for car thieves, burglars and the like, they aint hunting field mice.
What a joke of a comment. What do you want them to do? Leave the crime fighting until you're up? Gonna give em a ring once you decide it's a decent enough hour for them to play out? It costs a hell of a lot of money to get those up and giving support to ground crews whilst chasing criminals I don't think they could afford to fit silencers whilst hovering over your house you total numpty. Of course they will hover over residential areas, looking for car thieves, burglars and the like, they aint hunting field mice. Prisoner Cell Block A
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2:13pm Sat 17 Mar 12

BD16 says...

Ian H 1971 wrote:
Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.
What about those who work nights and sleep during the day. Perhaps the police shouldn't fly during the day either. Maybe they shouldn't use sirens either.
[quote][p][bold]Ian H 1971[/bold] wrote: Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.[/p][/quote]What about those who work nights and sleep during the day. Perhaps the police shouldn't fly during the day either. Maybe they shouldn't use sirens either. BD16
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3:13pm Sat 17 Mar 12

justjustice says...

What's this?! Police actually arresting someone for committing a crime?!
What's this?! Police actually arresting someone for committing a crime?! justjustice
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4:20pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

No, just messing about in their 'bird' keeping Ian H awake. They aren't actually doing anything, just having a doss.
No, just messing about in their 'bird' keeping Ian H awake. They aren't actually doing anything, just having a doss. Prisoner Cell Block A
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5:43pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Tinybantam says...

Ian H 1971 wrote:
Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.
Well Ian H......I just hope that no-one steals your car or breaks into your house at night and then hides in your's or a nearby garden, because obviously you would not want the police helicopter to wake you up, whilst searching for the miscreants, now would you? The police are damned if they do and damned if they don't. I presume that you would also include the air ambulance in this too wouldn't you?
[quote][p][bold]Ian H 1971[/bold] wrote: Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.[/p][/quote]Well Ian H......I just hope that no-one steals your car or breaks into your house at night and then hides in your's or a nearby garden, because obviously you would not want the police helicopter to wake you up, whilst searching for the miscreants, now would you? The police are damned if they do and damned if they don't. I presume that you would also include the air ambulance in this too wouldn't you? Tinybantam
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6:11pm Sat 17 Mar 12

MisterBD says...

justjustice wrote:
What's this?! Police actually arresting someone for committing a crime?!
here's a crime number for your insurance !
[quote][p][bold]justjustice[/bold] wrote: What's this?! Police actually arresting someone for committing a crime?![/p][/quote]here's a crime number for your insurance ! MisterBD
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6:12pm Sat 17 Mar 12

MisterBD says...

justjustice wrote:
What's this?! Police actually arresting someone for committing a crime?!
surely you mean What's this?! Police actually arresting someone for committing a crime thats not speeding?
[quote][p][bold]justjustice[/bold] wrote: What's this?! Police actually arresting someone for committing a crime?![/p][/quote]surely you mean What's this?! Police actually arresting someone for committing a crime thats not speeding? MisterBD
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6:19pm Sat 17 Mar 12

MisterBD says...

Tinybantam wrote:
Ian H 1971 wrote:
Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.
Well Ian H......I just hope that no-one steals your car or breaks into your house at night and then hides in your's or a nearby garden, because obviously you would not want the police helicopter to wake you up, whilst searching for the miscreants, now would you? The police are damned if they do and damned if they don't. I presume that you would also include the air ambulance in this too wouldn't you?
I hope that too as you have no chance of getting your property back or any justice from the police. The police show little regard for public saftey driving round extremly fast without blue lights on, then stopping to give a lift home to collegues and friends as a taxi service .I would not contemplate helping out any police officer ever.
[quote][p][bold]Tinybantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian H 1971[/bold] wrote: Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.[/p][/quote]Well Ian H......I just hope that no-one steals your car or breaks into your house at night and then hides in your's or a nearby garden, because obviously you would not want the police helicopter to wake you up, whilst searching for the miscreants, now would you? The police are damned if they do and damned if they don't. I presume that you would also include the air ambulance in this too wouldn't you?[/p][/quote]I hope that too as you have no chance of getting your property back or any justice from the police. The police show little regard for public saftey driving round extremly fast without blue lights on, then stopping to give a lift home to collegues and friends as a taxi service .I would not contemplate helping out any police officer ever. MisterBD
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6:22pm Sat 17 Mar 12

MisterBD says...

BD16 wrote:
Ian H 1971 wrote:
Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.
What about those who work nights and sleep during the day. Perhaps the police shouldn't fly during the day either. Maybe they shouldn't use sirens either.
certainly should not use sirens then turn them off and go into a takeaway, they think they are above the law
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian H 1971[/bold] wrote: Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.[/p][/quote]What about those who work nights and sleep during the day. Perhaps the police shouldn't fly during the day either. Maybe they shouldn't use sirens either.[/p][/quote]certainly should not use sirens then turn them off and go into a takeaway, they think they are above the law MisterBD
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6:25pm Sat 17 Mar 12

MisterBD says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
What a joke of a comment. What do you want them to do? Leave the crime fighting until you're up? Gonna give em a ring once you decide it's a decent enough hour for them to play out? It costs a hell of a lot of money to get those up and giving support to ground crews whilst chasing criminals I don't think they could afford to fit silencers whilst hovering over your house you total numpty.

Of course they will hover over residential areas, looking for car thieves, burglars and the like, they aint hunting field mice.
they dont catch any one, never look for car thieves, you are very mis led! di##head
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: What a joke of a comment. What do you want them to do? Leave the crime fighting until you're up? Gonna give em a ring once you decide it's a decent enough hour for them to play out? It costs a hell of a lot of money to get those up and giving support to ground crews whilst chasing criminals I don't think they could afford to fit silencers whilst hovering over your house you total numpty. Of course they will hover over residential areas, looking for car thieves, burglars and the like, they aint hunting field mice.[/p][/quote]they dont catch any one, never look for car thieves, you are very mis led! di##head MisterBD
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7:06pm Sat 17 Mar 12

piper56 says...

ian h born 1971?? brought up in the time of no resect your comments are offensive to all law abiding people you should hang your head in shame
ian h born 1971?? brought up in the time of no resect your comments are offensive to all law abiding people you should hang your head in shame piper56
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7:19pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

What does the BD stand for MR, brain dead? Not one of your comments on here warrants a response of worth so that is what you have got. A comment as sh+t as your own. Please come back when you feel you can make a worthwhile contribution but I won't hold my breath in the meantime. Your dad tried and failed to make a worthwhile contribution. Probably better if your mother didn't spit out.
What does the BD stand for MR, brain dead? Not one of your comments on here warrants a response of worth so that is what you have got. A comment as sh+t as your own. Please come back when you feel you can make a worthwhile contribution but I won't hold my breath in the meantime. Your dad tried and failed to make a worthwhile contribution. Probably better if your mother didn't spit out. Prisoner Cell Block A
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7:39pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Ian H 1971 says...

Okay so most of you sleep like the dead at night/day....well at least be grateful for that because not everyone is so fortunate! It's not that funny going to work after being up for a straight 50 hours or more, feeling utterly exhausted and still unable to fall asleep.

We all know that whoever they catch, will be back out again eventually to commit more crime, so they may as well just stick to normal policing methods of old at night. Helicopters at night used to be a VERY rare event, maybe once every five to ten years. However now they are out pretty much every day and most nights.

Oh and yes, we have been burgled before and yes we have had cars stolen from the drive. Oh and once we had three masked criminals in the house, but they left with just a ten pound note (this was 1971 I think). The other year at 8pm and getting dark, we had two men dressed from head to toe in black, on a totally black bike, with no number plates. They came to find and collect something they had dropped while doing burglary I guess. We always notice litter from other peoples gardens left in ours, but somehow did not see the heavy tools, wrapped in a large rag on our lawn. They picked it up and zoomed off on their bike.

So helicopters are so useful eh! Rubbish, they only catch stolen cars on the motorway in high speed chases, or so the TV lead us to believe.

Oh and the amount of people who have habits that practically scream "we are out, burgle us!". Their front windows are like a shop display...
Okay so most of you sleep like the dead at night/day....well at least be grateful for that because not everyone is so fortunate! It's not that funny going to work after being up for a straight 50 hours or more, feeling utterly exhausted and still unable to fall asleep. We all know that whoever they catch, will be back out again eventually to commit more crime, so they may as well just stick to normal policing methods of old at night. Helicopters at night used to be a VERY rare event, maybe once every five to ten years. However now they are out pretty much every day and most nights. Oh and yes, we have been burgled before and yes we have had cars stolen from the drive. Oh and once we had three masked criminals in the house, but they left with just a ten pound note (this was 1971 I think). The other year at 8pm and getting dark, we had two men dressed from head to toe in black, on a totally black bike, with no number plates. They came to find and collect something they had dropped while doing burglary I guess. We always notice litter from other peoples gardens left in ours, but somehow did not see the heavy tools, wrapped in a large rag on our lawn. They picked it up and zoomed off on their bike. So helicopters are so useful eh! Rubbish, they only catch stolen cars on the motorway in high speed chases, or so the TV lead us to believe. Oh and the amount of people who have habits that practically scream "we are out, burgle us!". Their front windows are like a shop display... Ian H 1971
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8:23pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Basis for a new police series there. Good opening, dodgy middle but script writers will sort that and a twist at the end.

If they didn't get results they wouldn't be used, it costs thousands to get them up in the air, no police authority would sanction their use if they were a waste of time.

One final thought, maybe move, it sounds rough as hell round your way if the copter is out every night and you have masked men on unidentifiable bikes.
PS, did the soco miss the bag of tools?
Basis for a new police series there. Good opening, dodgy middle but script writers will sort that and a twist at the end. If they didn't get results they wouldn't be used, it costs thousands to get them up in the air, no police authority would sanction their use if they were a waste of time. One final thought, maybe move, it sounds rough as hell round your way if the copter is out every night and you have masked men on unidentifiable bikes. PS, did the soco miss the bag of tools? Prisoner Cell Block A
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10:55pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Reality001 says...

Want to know what the West Yorkshire Police Helicopter has been up to then follow @WYPHelicopter on twitter
Want to know what the West Yorkshire Police Helicopter has been up to then follow @WYPHelicopter on twitter Reality001
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12:57am Sun 18 Mar 12

Ian H 1971 says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Basis for a new police series there. Good opening, dodgy middle but script writers will sort that and a twist at the end.

If they didn't get results they wouldn't be used, it costs thousands to get them up in the air, no police authority would sanction their use if they were a waste of time.

One final thought, maybe move, it sounds rough as hell round your way if the copter is out every night and you have masked men on unidentifiable bikes.
PS, did the soco miss the bag of tools?
I suppose it all depends on what is classed as success by the Police. Large organisations are brilliant at spending money with nothing much to show for it....just ask the Government!

Yes we will hopefully move one day, not too long I hope as my mother is 73. I have spoken to many people in Otley, and they say that they do not have helicopters out over there...very rare. Actually I have probably heard it a handful of times in nearly four years, and all during the daytime, and never hovering...just flying past for a few seconds (on it's way to where I live I expect).

Regards the bikers in the Autumn of 2008/9, yes I expect they did miss the tools as they were anxious to retrieve them. When they ran up our driveway, we jumped up and rushed to the window. One came over and tried to calm and reassure us! The other ran around trying to locate where they had previously thrown the tools the night before.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Basis for a new police series there. Good opening, dodgy middle but script writers will sort that and a twist at the end. If they didn't get results they wouldn't be used, it costs thousands to get them up in the air, no police authority would sanction their use if they were a waste of time. One final thought, maybe move, it sounds rough as hell round your way if the copter is out every night and you have masked men on unidentifiable bikes. PS, did the soco miss the bag of tools?[/p][/quote]I suppose it all depends on what is classed as success by the Police. Large organisations are brilliant at spending money with nothing much to show for it....just ask the Government! Yes we will hopefully move one day, not too long I hope as my mother is 73. I have spoken to many people in Otley, and they say that they do not have helicopters out over there...very rare. Actually I have probably heard it a handful of times in nearly four years, and all during the daytime, and never hovering...just flying past for a few seconds (on it's way to where I live I expect). Regards the bikers in the Autumn of 2008/9, yes I expect they did miss the tools as they were anxious to retrieve them. When they ran up our driveway, we jumped up and rushed to the window. One came over and tried to calm and reassure us! The other ran around trying to locate where they had previously thrown the tools the night before. Ian H 1971
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12:44pm Sun 18 Mar 12

jozieme says...

Lets have this coward NAMED and SHAMED ..this is a deadly act which should have a mandatory sentence attached to it not slapped wrists naughty boy, don't do it again.
Lets have this coward NAMED and SHAMED ..this is a deadly act which should have a mandatory sentence attached to it not slapped wrists naughty boy, don't do it again. jozieme
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8:26pm Sun 18 Mar 12

johnhem says...

with the stupid comments from ian h and the like i had forgotten the theme of this story. i hope some saddo decides to camp out opposite ian h's house with a laser pen and keeps this fool awake even longer. don't drive if your tired, never seen the signs all over? tough if you can't work because of them and their lasers, but whats the difference between police keeping you awake and them with lasers. police can't work like that, unable to see, and they do catch more than the speeding cars. those heat camera's guide ground forces straight to the men being looked for.
as for the idiots with them and shining them at pilots, charge them with attempted murder, terrorism and anything that will stick. and then give MAXIMUM sentences.
with the stupid comments from ian h and the like i had forgotten the theme of this story. i hope some saddo decides to camp out opposite ian h's house with a laser pen and keeps this fool awake even longer. don't drive if your tired, never seen the signs all over? tough if you can't work because of them and their lasers, but whats the difference between police keeping you awake and them with lasers. police can't work like that, unable to see, and they do catch more than the speeding cars. those heat camera's guide ground forces straight to the men being looked for. as for the idiots with them and shining them at pilots, charge them with attempted murder, terrorism and anything that will stick. and then give MAXIMUM sentences. johnhem
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10:44pm Sun 18 Mar 12

Ian H 1971 says...

John Hem the voice filled with compassion and understanding.......
.NOT! Hey maybe I should take a leaf from your nasty book, and keep YOU awake until you can no longer function properly. People need to sleep at night and without sleep, what is the point in living? Come on, you tell me!
John Hem the voice filled with compassion and understanding....... .NOT! Hey maybe I should take a leaf from your nasty book, and keep YOU awake until you can no longer function properly. People need to sleep at night and without sleep, what is the point in living? Come on, you tell me! Ian H 1971
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7:59am Mon 19 Mar 12

Bone_idle18 says...

Ian H 1971 wrote:
Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.
Idiot
[quote][p][bold]Ian H 1971[/bold] wrote: Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.[/p][/quote]Idiot Bone_idle18
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9:28am Mon 19 Mar 12

sam-tyler says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Ian H 1971 wrote:
Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.
Idiot
Agreed!
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian H 1971[/bold] wrote: Maybe helicopters should also stop flying and hovering at night above houses, where the public are trying to sleep. Lasers shone at helicopters can make flying dangerous, but equally so can loss of sleep for people driving cars during the day. If the Police want to disregard public safety, well I have no sympathy for their pilots either.[/p][/quote]Idiot[/p][/quote]Agreed! sam-tyler
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