Train driver injured by laser in Gloucester to return to work

A train driver injured when a green laser was shone into his eyes in Gloucester is expected to make a full return to work next week.

The incident happened last Thursday as the train went under a footbridge off Southfield Road in the White City area.

First Great Western said there had been six laser incidents on its network since January 2011 but this one had had the most serious impact on the driver.

Police said two youths had been seen on the bridge but no-one had been found.

A spokesperson for First Great Western said: "The staff member involved is recovering and should return to work next week.

"As well as the impact on the service, as seen in this case, it also presents a potential health risk for the train driver."

In a separate incident in Bristol, three teenagers were earlier arrested after a laser light was shone at a police helicopter.

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