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Helicopter sex film police crew 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.

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 in Whiston, Rotherham, for the filming.

They insisted they were not aware what he was filming and he was the only person who was present on each of the four occasions the recordings were made.

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

All of the people filmed by Pogmore, with the exception of the couple having sex, gave statements saying they felt their privacy had been invaded.

Mr Reeves, of Farfield Avenue in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, had denied two counts of misconduct in a public office and Mr Loosemore, of Briar Close in Auckley, Doncaster, denied one count.

Mr Walls, of Southlands Way in Aston, Sheffield, denied one count while Mr Lucas, of Coppice Rise in Chapeltown, Sheffield, also denied three counts.

Pogmore, who was sacked by the force in 2015 following an internal misconduct investigation, will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Following the case, a spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: "Notwithstanding today's verdicts concerning the four defendants who were acquitted, we will now continue with misconduct proceedings internally against the other South Yorkshire Police officers."


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