AN "extremely reckless" person has shone a laser pen into the cockpit of a search and rescue helicopter over Sanquhar.

Police in the town are searching for the person responsible for the incident which occurred on Sunday night (January 20) at around 9pm.

The aircraft was flying between Newcastle and Prestwick and police believe the attack may have come from the Forsyth Avenue area.

Constable Douglas Black said: "It appears that the laser pen may have been shone from the area of Forsyth Avenue in Sanquhar. The use of a laser pen in this manner is extremely reckless and could have catastrophic consequences for the person distracted.

"We would urge people in possession of these types of device not to misuse them in this manner and remind people that matters such as this are taken very seriously by both Police Scotland and Scottish Courts Service.

"I would urge anyone who may have any information regarding this incident to contact police at Sanquhar via the 101 number, and quote the reference number PDG 0014340119."