Two arrested after torch shone at police helicopter

A teenager has been arrested after a police helicopter was targeted by a high powered torch during a search.

The bright light was shone persistently at the NPAS helicopter while it was looking for a high-risk missing person above the Bangor area at around 11pm on Monday night (23rd July).

A North Wales Police officer tracked down an 18 year-old suspect at the industrial unit in Llandegai, but he refused to give his details.

The teen was later released on bail but remains under investigation on suspicion of endangering an aircraft, obstructing police and a public order offence.

A second man, aged 47, was arrested at the scene after he became aggressive with the police officer. He was later cautioned for a public order offence.

Superintendent Neil Thomas, an operational support services officer, said: ”Shining a light towards an aircraft puts that helicopter and its crew at completely unnecessary risk. The aircraft was assisting local officers at the time searching for a missing person. This type of behaviour will not be tolerated and we will robustly deal with anybody caught behaving in this manner.”

The missing person was later found safe and well.

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