THE police helicopter was out in Barnsley last night after someone pointed a green laser towards it.

SY99 - the code name for the helicopter - was doing routine patrols in Barnsley when someone shone the laser from Cemetery Road at about 11.15pm (Thursday Feb 2.) Officers were directed to the house in question. Lasers - when pointed towards helicopters - act like a camera flash when they hit the cockpit glass and create a blinding floodlight in front of the pilot.

The helicopter then went to the M1 (Sheffield) to assist ground officers who had tracked a car involved in a kidnap case.