Worker left temporarily blinded after laser shone in eyes at HS2 construction site

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WENDOVER, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Security personnel guard an area of felled trees as HS2 works continue on April 14, 2021 in Wendover, England. HS2 protesters continue to occupy key infrastructure sites along the proposed HS2 route calling the project 'the most carbon-intensive and environmentally destructive project in UK history.' (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
The HS2 construction site in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, where a worker had a laser shone in their eyes last week. (Stock image: Getty)

A worker was left temporarily blinded after a laser light was shone in his eyes at a controversial HS2 construction site.

Thames Valley Police said it is appealing for witnesses after the man, in his 50s, was left blinded for 15 minutes and in need of hospital treatment. 

The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon at the HS2 construction site in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, where campaigners have been battling against the felling of woodland for the high-speed rail link. 

HS2 security workers guard an area of woodland alongside Small Dean Lane currently being cleared for the high-speed rail link on 20th February 2021 in Wendover, United Kingdom. Anti-HS2 activists based at the nearby Wendover Active Resistance Camp continue to oppose the felling of the woodland. (photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Campaigners have been protesting against the felling of woodland in Wendover for HS2. (Stock image: Getty)

Thames Valley Police said the man was standing next to an HGV in Jones Barn Farm Hill when it is believed a green laser was shone towards him.

The force said: "He turned towards the light source, which then went into both of his eyes, causing his vision to be impaired and prevented him from working.

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"His eyesight remained impaired and blurred for 15 minutes, and he has since suffered pain in his eyes.

"The victim has received hospital treatment since."

Two other people in the area also noted they had a laser shone at them, police said, but they did not suffer any blurred vision or injury. 

A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: "This incident was a dangerous act, which resulted in a man aged in his fifties sustaining blurred vision and also pain in his eyes."

The force urged anyone with any information to come forward by calling 101 and quoting 43210192922, or by making a report online or calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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