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Man arrested after pointing laser at police helicopter in North

The incident happened during a security alert which saw residents evacuated from their homes.

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A MAN IN his forties has been arrested in Northern Ireland on suspicion of pointing a laser at a police helicopter.

The incident happened last night at Lisnafin Park in Strabane.

The 44-year-old was arrested on suspicion of endangering the safety of an aircraft. 

Crew on board the helicopter were able to direct officers on the ground to the house where the suspect was arrested.

A bag of lasers was also recovered at the property during a search.

The man was arrested during a security alert at the estate in which a car was seized and a suspected firearm recovered. It will be subject to a further forensic examination.

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He has since been released on bail pending further police inquiries.

Residents were last night evacuated from the estate and were only allowed to return to their homes at 8.25am this morning.

Speaking about the police action, chief inspector Alan Hutton from the PSNI said: 

I would like to thank residents for their patience and co-operation throughout the duration of this security alert.

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