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British father and son arrested after laser scare for Málaga pilots 

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A British father and son are facing massive fines after being arrested on suspicion of dazzling the pilots of holiday jets in Spain.

It had already been reported that three pilots coming into land at Malaga airport in the dark said they had been blinded by the lights coming from the direction of a hotel.

Now, police have confir-med two arrests, a father and his son from the UK.

“National Police agents have identified two people in a hotel in Torremolinos (Malaga) as the alleged perpetrators of the glares suffered by several aircraft pilots when they landed at Malaga airport. They are a 41-year-old man and his 15-year-old son, both of British nationality, who have been proposed for sanction for very serious violation of the Law on Citizen Security 4/2015, sanctioned with a fine of 30,001 to 600,000 euros,” a police spokesman confirmed.

It was an off-duty National Police officer who sounded the alarm. The policeman, who was staying at a hotel in Torremolinos, observed two men who, from the terrace of one of the rooms of the establishment, pointed laser pointers into air space as the planes were coming in to land. It was around 11pm.

“Several pilots alerted the control tower of the airport of Malaga since, at that same hour, they had been dazzled with a green laser pointer from the zone of the Bajondillo when they were ready to land,” said the spokesman.

Police who observed the flashes also raised the alert and the emergency services were activated to find those responsible.

This led to the father and his minor son who used pointers to dazzle the pilots.

Both lasers have been confiscated whilst the pair await prosecution.