POLICE have warned of the dangers of laser pens after a teenager was sentenced for shining a device at the cockpit of a jet and police helicopter.
The 17-year-old, from Pelton Fell, near Chester-le-Street, was given a 12-month supervision order for his actions during the incident on September 15 last year.
He appeared at Consett Youth Court for sentencing, after previously pleading guilty to endangering a holiday jet and a police helicopter.
He said he had bought the laser pen for £20 and said he had not intended to cause a danger.
He first shone the powerful light in the direction of a Jet2 plane which was beginning its descent into Newcastle Airport on its return from Crete.
When the police helicopter was sent to investigate he then pointed the pen at the cockpit, as the helicopter flew several hundred feet above.
Police say such actions are dangerous and could have potentially fatal consequences.
Durham Constabulary issued a warning about the risks of the lights and said police helicopters have equipment to identify the source of lasers and other powerful lights.
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