POLICE have launched an inquiry after a laser pen was shone at pilots of an aircraft approaching Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

The aircraft was targeted by a beam believed to have come from the Neston area at around 11.05pm on Wednesday.

Fortunately the aircraft made a safe landing.

Police say the incident could have had have very serious consequences, endangering crew, passengers, and the public.

Cheshire Police and airport authorities are keen to trace anyone involved in these incidents.

Inspector Brian Green said: "Such irresponsible and idiotic behaviour can have potentially serious consequences for airline passengers and crew.

"Similar cases have been successfully prosecuted in recent years − and those found guilty of participating in such behaviour are liable to a term of imprisonment.

"We would urge anyone with any information to come forward and contact police."

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 895 of January 29.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.