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Incidents Involving Laser Pens (1)


For each of the last five years (2010-2015, or 2009/10-2014/15, whichever is easier to present for ASP) could I please have a record of how many incidents involving laser pens were investigated in North Somerset.

For each entry could I also have, if possible:

a) The date and time of the incident;

b) A description of the complaint and what officers found - or whatever is kept by ASP which would provide a brief summary;

c) The outcome of the incident, with regards to arrests, no action taken, etc;

d) The address of the incident. If any of the above is not possible, the rest of the information would suffice.


Your request for information has now been considered and some of the information you have requested constitutes personal information. We have therefore not provided the specific date, time of the offence or the specific address as these details would allow individuals to be identified.

The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.

The remainder of the information is below: 

Occurrence Date



June   2011

Causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress

No suspect - Investigation complete

May   2012

Endangering safety of aircraft


August   2012

Harassment, alarm or distress

Penalty notice for disorder

July   2013


No   suspect - Investigation complete

August   2013

Common assault and battery

Youth restorative disposal

July   2015

Endangering safety of aircraft


August   2015

Harassment, alarm or distress


August   2015

Causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress

No suspect - Investigation complete

January   2016

Recklessly/negligently act in manner likely to endanger an aircraft / person in an   aircraft



Foi Reference; 576/16