A man has been charged with shining a laser pen at a police helicopter.
The Northumbria Police force helicopter was targeted as it flew above Southwick in Sunderland on September 13 at around 4.30am.
Joseph John Middleton, 54, of Redmond Road in Redhouse, Sunderland, has been charged with directing or shining a light at an aircraft so as to distract the pilot.
He will appear at Sunderland Magistrates Court on October 1, 2012.
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