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Saturday 21 April 2018

Jury begins deliberations in case of police helicopter crew who 'filmed naked sunbathers and swingers having sex'

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A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the trial of two police officers and two pilots accused of misusing their force helicopter to film people sunbathing naked and having sex.

Sheffield Crown Court has been shown footage shot from the South Yorkshire Police aircraft, including an 11-minute sequence clearly featuring a couple having sex on their patio in a range of positions.

At one point in the footage, the woman waves at the helicopter, and the jury of six men and six women has been told the couple knew one of the officers on board at the time - Pc Adrian Pogmore.

Pogmore, who has been described by prosecutors as "a swinging and sex-obsessed air observer" knew the couple through the wife-swapping scene and had even previously had sex with the woman, the court heard.

He has admitted misconduct in a public office but the defendants in the trial - pilots Matthew Loosemore, (45), and Malcolm Reeves, (64), and police officers Lee Walls, (47), and Matthew Lucas, (43) - all deny the same charge.

All four men have told the jury they did not know what Pogmore was doing as he filmed the sequences from the helicopter.

The defendants have all stressed the difference between the images seen on the footage shot on the chopper's extremely high-powered camera and the view they would have had with the naked eye.

Lucas told the court that Pogmore was referred to as the "team deviant" due to his unusual lifestyle.

As well as the video of the couple having sex in their garden, the jurors have seen footage of a woman sunbathing naked in her garden, another couple sitting naked on sun-loungers and two naturists sitting naked outside a caravan on a camp site, all dating from between 2007 and 2012.

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