Four deny using police helicopter to film people naked and having sex

Four men accused of misusing a police helicopter to film people who were naked or having sex will have to wait over a year for their trial.

Tuesday, 7th June 2016, 12:52 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th June 2016, 12:53 pm
Adrian Pogmore arrives at Sheffield Magistrates Court for an earlier hearing in the case

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

Serving South Yorkshire officers Matthew Lucas, 41, and Lee Walls, 46, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court along with former South Yorkshire officer Adrian Pogmore, 50.

Matthew Lucas arrives at Sheffield Magistrates Court in May

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Alongside them in the dock was Matthew Loosemore, 44, who was a South Yorkshire Police pilot before transferring to the National Police Air Service in 2013.

All four men pleaded not guilty to charges of misconduct in a public office.

They were told they will go on trial on July 17, 2017 in a case expected to last around three weeks.

Malcolm Reeves, 63, who was a pilot at South Yorkshire Police before retiring in 2013, is also charged in relation to the same case but did not appear at court on Tuesday as his attendance had been excused due to a pre-booked holiday. He will appear in court alongside the other defendants at a hearing next month.

Matthew Loosemore leaves Sheffield Magistrates Court

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 Guilthwaite Crescent, Whiston, Rotherham, denies four charges.

One alleges misconduct which was ‘namely to observe and record a naked person without her knowledge and consent’.

Another alleges misconduct amounting to ‘misusing police resources for purposes that were not connected to your employment, namely to observe and record persons performing sexual acts’.

Lee Walls, 46, leaves Sheffield Magistrates Court

Walls, of Southlands Way, Aston, Sheffield, denies one count.

Loosemore, of Briar Close, Auckley, Doncaster, denies one count.

Lucas, of Coppice Rise, Chapeltown, Sheffield, denies three counts.

Matthew Lucas arrives at Sheffield Magistrates Court in May
Matthew Loosemore leaves Sheffield Magistrates Court
Lee Walls, 46, leaves Sheffield Magistrates Court