A MAN is due in court tomorrow charged with shining a light a police helicopter during a missing person search in March.

Nicholas Hawkins, 53, of Heathfield Road, Bembridge, will face the charge at IW Magistrates Court.

He is charged with directing or shining a light at an aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot.

A light was shone at the police helicopter during a search on Tuesday, March 26, in the Brading area. The missing person was found safe and well at Yaverland beach just after 10pm that night.