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ISLE OF WIGHT MAN CHARGED WITH SHINING ‘LIGHT’ AT POLICE HELICOPTER


53-year-old Nicholas Hawkins of Heathfield Road in Bembridge is to appear before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court tomorrow (Friday) charged with directing or shining a light at an aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot.

On the evening of 26th March this year, the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter from Bournemouth was conducting an aerial search for a missing person in Brading. According to Police at the time of the incident, it was during this search that a ‘laser’ was shone at the pilot of the aircraft. However, Police now say that ‘a light source’ was shone at the helicopter.

Following an investigation by Hampshire Constabulary Mr Hawkins has been charged with 1 offence – direct or shine light at aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract pilot – contrary to articles 225 and 265(6) of the Air Navigation Order 2016.

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Mr Hawkins will appear before Magistrates in Newport tomorrow morning.

UPDATE FRIDAY – Mr Hawkins pleaded not guilty to the single charge against him and elected for a trial, with a provisional date of 15th August.

It is alleged he shone a high powered LED torch at the aircraft, although Police originally believed it was a laser.

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Joe Bloggs
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Joe Bloggs

Throw the book at him he’s old enough to know better.

Des
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Des

What a Muppet.

Suzanne
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Suzanne

53 years old??? Beggars belief.

Mike
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Mike

Not all things are always as reported, I much prefer to comment when I know the facts.

John Glazebrook
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John Glazebrook

Disgraceful comments from Des and Suzanne. No one is guilty until proved otherwise in a court of law. In fact, he is innocent unless proven otherwise. I notice the police have backed down already about the use of a laser.

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