London City is the second most dangerous airport in the country for attacks on pilots with laser pointers.

Figures from the Civil Aviation Authority have revealed 21 incidents took place at LCY from January to March this year, second only to Heathrow.

Shining a laser at a plane became a criminal offence in 2010 in response to a growing number of incidents. Air watchdogs warned at the time that lights from laser pointers could pose a serious safety risk, especially during take-off or landing.

Across the UK’s airports, there is an average of 22 incidents a week, or just over three a day, with a total of 284 laser incidents in the three-month period.

Heathrow had the most, with 34. While Birmingham (18) and Leeds-Bradford (15) were not far behind.