Laser-pen pair ‘got off lightly’- police boss

VERA BAIRD ... believes the maximum penalty should have been applied.

VERA BAIRD ... believes the maximum penalty should have been applied.

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THE sentence handed to Robert Gilbert and Victoria Rayner meant they got off “lightly”, says Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PPC) Vera Baird.

Magistrates at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court were told while the charge of ‘shining a light at an aircraft in flight so as to dazzle the pilot’ has no specific sentencing guidelines, it is not an imprisonable offence, so therefore they could only impose a discharge or fine.

The crime was introduced in 2010 after the UK Civil Aviation Authority complained of a growing number of incidents involving laser devices being shone at aircraft near British airports.

 

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