POLICE officers investigating reports of a laser being pointed at a plane flying over a village in Somerset have arrested a 51-year-old man.
Several planes flying from local airports and airfields, including Bristol Airport and RNAS Yeovilton, were reportedly targeted.
The officers were sent to Martock on Sunday evening after a laser was blasted into the cockpit of a commercial plane descending towards Bristol.
They then saw a laser pointing at another plane from a Martock address and arrested the man, who has since been released under investigation.
Laser pens, which can be purchased online or in stores, can dazzle or distract pilots and other vehicle operators.
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: ‘Officers investigating reports of a laser aimed at an aircraft have arrested a 51-year-old man.
“Pilots operating from airfields including Bristol Airport and RNAS Yeovilton have recently reported being targeted by a laser while flying over the Martock area of Somerset.
“On Sunday evening (August 14), a laser was shone into the cockpit of a commercial airline flying to Bristol, prompting officers to fan out to Martock to see if they could identify the offender.
“They soon witnessed a separate incident of a laser being aimed at an aircraft from an address in the village and arrested a man suspected of directing a laser beam at an aircraft.
“He has since been released under investigation and inquiries are ongoing.”
People who target transport operators with laser devices could be imprisoned for up to five years or face unlimited fines.