Tyne & Wear

Boy, 15, charged after laser pen shone at police helicopter

A teenage boy has been charged with an aviation offence after allegedly shining a laser pen at a police helicopter on Wearside.

The 15-year-old, from Sunderland, was arrested after a laser was shone at the helicopter while it was flying over the city at about 23:50 BST on Tuesday.

The teenager was charged with recklessly or negligently acting in a manner to endanger an aircraft.

He is due to appear before Sunderland Magistrates' Court on 19 September.

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