Helicopter sex film PCs cleared of misconduct

Four members of a police helicopter crew accused of filming naked sunbathers and a couple having sex have been cleared of misconduct charges.

South Yorkshire Police officers Matthew Lucas, 42 and Lee Walls, 47, and pilots Matthew Loosemore, 45 and Malcolm Reeves, 64, were charged after another officer shot the footage.

They were acquitted following a three week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

PC Adrian Pogmore, 50, had admitted misconduct in a public office.

During the trial, the court heard a couple sitting naked by a caravan were filmed in July 2008, while the aircraft also filmed a garden where a woman was sunbathing naked with her daughters in 2007.

The footage also showed a couple having sex on their patio in July 2008 and at one point, the naked woman waved at the aircraft.

The defendants had blamed Pogmore, of Guilthwaite Crescent, Whiston, Rotherham, for the filming.

They insisted they were not aware what he was filming and he had been the only person in the aircraft when the videos were recorded.

Pogmore was described by the prosecution as “a swinging and sex-obsessed air observer” who knew the couple he filmed having sex.

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