Warnings on laser pens 

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PARENTS are being urged not to buy laser pens as Christmas gifts for children as a study has revealed one in four would consider the item as a present.

The survey was conducted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and asked more than 2,000 adults.

RoSPA’s public health adviser, Shelia Merrill, said: ‘We know of instances where children and young people have shone them into their eyes and caused life-long damage. Laser pens have many legitimate uses, but they are not toys and should not be purchased as such.’

It comes after Hampshire Police issued a warning following a laser pen being shone into the cockpit of a plane over Netley.