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Police issue plea after airport issue

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

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POLICE are upping efforts to warn people about acceptable behaviour around East Midlands Airport after a laser pen was deliberately shone into the cockpits of jets carrying holidaymakers as they came in to land at East Midlands Airport.

Leicestershire Police revealed that they looking to educate people after the night-time targeting of two passenger flights and one cargo plane was carried out by three men, which took place last year.

The dazzling beam was also directed into the airport’s control tower – causing an air traffic controller to suffer momentary loss of vision.

There has been an increase in laser hits on planes over the years, and in 2010 there were 1,494 reported incidents in the UK.

A spokesman for East Midlands Airport said: “Intentionally targeting aircraft, and distracting pilots and air traffic control with lasers, is extremely irresponsible.

“The safety of our passengers and staff members is our first priority and the airport supports any action taken to deal with this matter.”

In 2012, the Mail reported how Thomas Stansby was caught in the act by officers distracting passing motorists by shining a laser into their eyes in Rosliston Road.

Stansby, of Suffolk Road, Stapenhill, was handed a 12-month community order with supervision requirements.

He was also ordered to attend 21 one-to-one sessions for a thinking skills programme with the probation service.

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