Laser attacks on Birmingham Airport flights increase - West Midlands Police issue warning to offenders

It is a criminal offence to shine a laser at an aircraft, West Midlands Police warn amid an rise in incidents at Birmingham Airport

An investigation has been launched following a number of incidents where lasers have been shone at aircraft flying into Birmingham Airport.

Since September, coinciding with darker evenings, West Midlands Police say there has been an increase in reports of laser attacks targeting flights landing between 6pm and 7am.

A forces spokesperson said: “We believe they are coming from Solihull and Coventry but have also seen laser attacks from as far away as Wolverhampton. Lasers being shone at aircraft is serious and can be very dangerous.”

It is a criminal offence to shine a laser at an aircraft and offences will be investigated, the police have warned. Inspector Colin Gallier from BHX Airport Police, said: “Safety is our top priority. Shining a laser at an aircraft is not a bit of fun, it is a very serious matter. Our investigation is ongoing and I would encourage anyone who has information on these laser attacks to get in touch.”

Paul Beat, head of air traffic control for BHX, said: “We echo our police colleagues’ advice on this. Shining lasers at aircraft is extremely dangerous and unlawful.”

If anyone has any information about these incidents police call police on 101 quoting log number 4488 of 9 November. Information can also be given to the Independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Tell them what you know, not who you are.

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