A man has been arrested after a helicopter was allegedly targeted by a laser pen in Dartford.

At around 12.30am on Sunday 26 March 2023, the crew of a helicopter deployed to Dartford by the National Police Air Service reported a laser had been directed towards them.

Patrols were immediately deployed to the area and a suspect was detained. Constables also seized a laser pen.


A 62-year-old man from the town, was later charged with directing a laser beam towards a helicopter which was likely to have dazzled or distracted a person with control of that vehicle.

The man was bailed to appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court on 3 May.

By Ed

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