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UK: Police helicopter under "sustained attack" by laser pen

National Police Air Service reported that on December 21 2019, a crew in Exeter "came under sustained attack by a laser causing the pilot to turn away and don protective equipment. It took the crew less than a minute to identify the offender's location."

A spokesperson said the crew was "safe" and the operation involved the "apprehension of violent offenders."

It was not clear if the "violent offenders" referenced were the ones using the laser, or if the offenders were the initial target of the helicopter (prior to the laser attack).

Devon Live reported there were 50 laser attacks on NPAS crews in 2018.

From Devon Live