A man has been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after a laser pen was shone at the Northumbria Police helicopter.
The chopper was flying over the Southwick area of Sunderland at 4.30am on Thursday September 13 when officers spotted the laser light and noted the address it was coming from.
A 54-year-old man was later arrested.
It follows a separate incident in South Tyneside on Tuesday September 11, a laser was shone at a flight approaching Newcastle International Airport.
Enquiries revealed the laser was coming from the Jarrow area and police are working to trace those involved.
Jarrow and Hebburn's Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Sam Rennison said: "Anyone shining a laser or light at an aircraft should be aware they're not only causing significant danger to pilots and passengers but they're committing a criminal offence.
"What people must understand is that this could cause a serious incident and puts lives at risk, and offenders could find themselves behind bars."
Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101 ext 69191.
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