A man accused of shining a light at a police helicopter will appear in court on the Isle of Wight tomorrow (Friday).

Nicholas Hawkins of Heathfield Road in Bembridge will face a charge at Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Friday June 14.

The 53 year-old faces an allegation of directing or shining a light at an aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot.

It follows a search for a missing person on Tuesday 26 March in the Brading area. The person was located safe and well at Yaverland beach at 10:10pm.

During this search, police said a light source was shone at the police helicopter.