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[email protected] & searchlight attacks on aircraft (incl prison sentences on offenders)

Old 29th Mar 2008, 19:31
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Thumbs down Banker?

Banker? I think they they mis-spelt that. More like wan%er!
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Old 29th Mar 2008, 19:35
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I'd suggest that the defendant was very lucky in his court appearance, bearing in mind the Judge that he could have got at Snaresbrook Crown Court

A last minute plea of guilty may have helped, of course
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Old 25th Apr 2008, 15:13
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Front page of the local borough's newspaper, Eastendlife, more news from Snaresbrook Crown Court about green [email protected] pointers (including snippet at end about a successful appeal from the aforementioned):

Tower Hamlets News:

[email protected] put police chopper in peril


Shalina Hussain

THE aircrew of a police helicopter were forced to send out a distress call after two yobs shone a blinding [email protected] pen into their cockpit.

Ifikitar Hussain, 21, and Dulal Miah, 19, repeatedly flashed strobes of luminous green light at the aircraft as it hovered over Whitechapel.

Snaresbrook Crown Court was shown footage of Hussain and charity worker Miah from the helicopter’s thermal imaging camera as they ran through the streets of Whitechapel pointing the pen skyward.

The court heard on April 15 how a police helicopter was on night patrol over the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel Road, on January 12 this year, when Hussain and Miah shone the [email protected]
During the video recording the aircrew from the helicopter can be heard sending the distress call to squad cars on the ground.

The police airmen asked officers to deal with Hussain and Miah while the helicopter was manoeuvred away from the [email protected] beam, but still continued to track the duo from the sky to help with their capture.

When Hussain and Miah were cornered by squad cars, one of the pair tossed the [email protected] pen over a fence into a grassed area before they were arrested.

Hussain and Miah of Trahorn Close, Whitechapel admitted recklessly acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or any person therein.

Judge Tudor Owen said he wanted to hear from the pilot how much danger the aircraft was in and adjourned sentencing until May 12. But he warned both defendants that they could be jailed.
Hussain and Miah were both remanded on conditional bail and ordered to comply with night-time curfews.

The case comes just weeks after city banker Aldous Voice was given a custodial sentence, which was later quashed, for flashing a high-powered torch at a helicopter which could have caused it to crash.

Voice, 31, admitted shining the five-million-candle lamp from his kitchen window as the aircraft came in to land on top of a building in the Isle of Dogs on October 24, 2006.
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Old 25th Apr 2008, 15:18
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Interesting Judge on that case too
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Old 25th Apr 2008, 20:06
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with that judge hearing the case, anyone before him should be very wary about trying to pull the wool.............
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Old 28th Apr 2008, 00:09
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I'm sure his honour will consider the evidence before him with due respect to all the relevant circumstances.

Then I'd like to see him order the mob to hang 'em high......
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Old 3rd May 2008, 08:09
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including snippet at end about a successful appeal
Found it.

News story

Good old Google.
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Old 8th May 2008, 09:25
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Another Arrest for [email protected] Shone at Police ASU

BBC are reporting that an arrest has been made following the shining of a [email protected] into the eyes of the pilot of the Lancs Police ASU.

BBC NEWS | England | Lancashire | Arrest after [email protected] shone at pilot

Be interested to know what the "evasive action" referred to was?

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Old 8th May 2008, 10:49
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I recon that the evasive action was to give up on the car and direct ground peeps to the chap concerned.

At least they got him, another job well done!
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Old 8th May 2008, 13:08
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Something fishy here...a [email protected] pen in East Lancs? I think not. Magic lantern, maybe....
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Old 9th May 2008, 04:41
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somewhat interesting:

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Old 9th May 2008, 05:46
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They ran a story about this on Radio Lancashire yesterday afternoon, the lady reporter made it sound as if the occupants of the car had shone the [email protected] at the ASU,..... well if they did, then surely the MOD should be asking could they teach this new skill, .....more like to have come from some terraced abode in downtown Nelson... were the bloods use such implements to test the strength of the eyes of new gang recruits

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Old 16th May 2008, 09:07
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[email protected] conviction at last

News and photo gallery of UK courts, court and professional disciplinary cases

At Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday two defendants were sentenced to six months imprisonment for recklessly endangering the safety of an aircraft in flight by persistently shining a powerful green [email protected] into the cockpit of a Met Police helicopter. The incident was captured on police video and the defendants had previously pleaded guilty. In his summing up the judge said let the message go out that people tempted to target helicopters in this idiotic and dangerous way should expect to receive custodial sentences.

Hopefully this will set a precedent for future cases....

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Old 16th May 2008, 10:30
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Ditto that in Australia

Exact same incidents have occured in Austalia and idiots were convicted last week. Green [email protected] are now being banned.
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Old 16th May 2008, 10:33
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i like the picture they use in that article, i guess the met have got rid of the ec145's
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Old 16th May 2008, 10:42
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At last
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Old 16th May 2008, 10:45
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Snaresbrook, eh?

I wonder who the Judge was...
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Old 16th May 2008, 15:15
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Hey Tude, er, sorry your eminence,

Come up here onto the Northern Circuit, loads of baddies need your iron hand to clamp their scrote and squeeze, we will all put up with the screams!

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Old 16th May 2008, 17:09
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Pair jailed for [email protected] attack on helicopter

At Snaresbrook Crown Court on the 15th May HH Judge Tudor Owen sentenced ech of two defendants who had pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering the safety of an aircraft by shining a green [email protected] light into the cockpit of a police helicopter to 6 months imprisonment

Captain Brian Baldwin, Chief Pilot of the Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit since 1997 told the court that the frequency of [email protected] being used against their helicopters is doubling each year so that there are now up to 15 incidents each month. In his opinion the increase in recent years is in direct proportion to the reduction in size, cost and increase in availability of such devices. He described the effect of shining such a device into the cockpit of a helicopter at night and gave his opinion that “..it is only through chance that we have not had a serious incident or accident from the increasing incidence of [email protected] lights being used against police helicopters”.

Judge Owen told the two men

“The potentially catastrophic consequences of endangering an aircraft in flight are so obvious they do not need to be spelled out and when an aircraft is flying over a densely populated area the consequences may be even more serious.

As frequently seen in cases before this and other courts, police helicopters do invaluable work protecting the community and combating crime. That includes, for example, searching for and helping to apprehend suspects, assisting with firearms incidents, public order incidents and counter terrorism operations. The crews are entitled to be protected from the likes of you who are, as I have said, a dangerous menace. The message should go out that people who target helicopters in this idiotic and dangerous way should expect to receive custodial sentences.”
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Old 16th May 2008, 17:20
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I wonder how many judges have their own on line fan club?
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