POLICE Officers in Sanquhar are carrying out enquiries in the town following an incident when a laser light was shone into the cockpit of a search and rescue helicopter which was flying over the town. The incident happened at around 9pm on Sunday 20 January 2019 whilst the aircraft was flying between Newcastle and Prestwick.
Constable Douglas Black said “It appears that the laser pen may have been shone from the area of Forsyth Avenue in Sanquhar. The use of a laser pen in this manner is extremely reckless and could have catastrophic consequences for the person distracted. We would urge people in possession of these types of device not to misuse them in this manner and remind people that matters such as this are taken very seriously by both Police Scotland and Scottish Courts Service. I would urge anyone who may have any information regarding this incident to contact police at Sanquhar via the 101 number, and quote the reference number PDG 0014340119.”