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Swansea man jailed for Laser Pen attack on Police Helicopter

National Police Air Service


A 29-year-old man from Swansea has been jailed for pointing a laser pen at a Police Helicopter which was searching for a missing person.

William Fellowes, of Pentregethin Road, Portmead, Swansea told police he had been using the Laser Pen to point at Stars and that the pilot was a “knobhead” for getting in his way.

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The incident occurred 2nd September 2020 in the early hours of the morning when the St Athan based National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter was searching for a teenager who was missing.

The pilot of the helicopter reported that he was momentarily blinded in the attack which posed a grave risk to the helicopter crew.

William Fellowes (Image: South Wales Police)

Fellowes, who has 30 previous convictions for offences ranging from public order to possession of a knife and criminal damage to theft, admitted the charge in Swansea Crown Court where Judge Catherine Richards said the offence was so serious it warranted an immediate custodial sentence.

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Giving Fellowes a discount for his guilty plea Judge Richards ordered him to spend 30 weeks in prison.

She also activated a two-month suspended sentence from a previous offence which will run concurrently.

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