Trial set for five accused of misusing police helicopter to film people having sex


Five serving and retired police officers accused of misusing a force helicopter to film people who were naked or having sex will go on trial next year.

The men were arrested as part of a South Yorkshire Police investigation into reports the force helicopter had been used for inappropriate filming.

Malcolm Reeves, 63, who was a pilot at South Yorkshire Police before retiring in 2013, pleaded not guilty to one charge of misconduct in a public office at Sheffield Crown Court today.

Serving South Yorkshire officers Matthew Lucas, 41, and Lee Walls, 46, along with former South Yorkshire officer Adrian Pogmore, 50, and Matthew Loosemore, 44, who was a South Yorkshire Police pilot before transferring to the National Police Air Service in 2013, had all previously pleaded not guilty to charges of misconduct in a public office.

The charges relate to four alleged incidents between 2007 and 2012 – one incident on August 23 2007, two incidents on July 28 2008, and one incident on July 22 2012.

Pogmore, of Rotherham pleaded not guilty to four counts of misconduct relating to watching and filming naked people without their consent and observing and recording people performing sexual acts.

Walls, of Sheffield, denies one count, Loosemore, of Doncaster denies one count and Lucas of Sheffield, denies three counts.

All five men will go on trial in July 17, next year.

All five defendants were released on bail.


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