Chopper cops in court for charges that include spying on naked Doncaster woman

Matthew Loosemore leaves Sheffield crown court today May 10 2016. Five men, including three current or former police officers and two current or former pilots, have appeared at Sheffield Magistrates Court following an investigation into the misuse of the camera on a police helicopter.
Matthew Loosemore leaves Sheffield crown court today May 10 2016. Five men, including three current or former police officers and two current or former pilots, have appeared at Sheffield Magistrates Court following an investigation into the misuse of the camera on a police helicopter.

Two police officers, a retired police officer and a current and a former pilot have appeared in court on a string of charges connected with the misuse of a camera on a police helicopter, one of which relates to a naked Doncaster woman being filmed without her consent.

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

Doncaster man and former South Yorkshire Police pilot Matthew Loosemore, 44, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court today, along with serving officers Matthew Lucas, 41, and Lee Walls, 46 and former South Yorkshire officer Adrian Pogmore, 50.

Malcolm Reeves, 63, who was a pilot at South Yorkshire Police before retiring in 2013 also appeared in court.

All five men are charged with misconduct in a public office.

The charges relate to four alleged incidents between 2007 and 2012

One misuse of resources charge is said to relate to recording a naked woman without her consent in in July 2008 in Doncaster.

The second relates to filming a ' sex act' on the same date in Rotherham and the third to recording a naked person in July 2012 in Barnsley.

Loosemore, of Briar Close, Auckley, who transferred to the National Police Air Service in 2013, has been charged with one count of misconduct.

Pogmore, of Guilthwaite Crescent, Whiston, Rotherham, faces 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”.

The other three men who appeared in court have been charged with misconduct.

Reeves, of Farfield Avenue, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, faces two counts.

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

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

South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that Lucas and Walls are serving officers - Lucas is based in Sheffield and Walls works within operational support services - but have been suspended from duty.

District Judge Naomi Redhouse said the case had to be transferred to the Crown Court.

She granted all five men unconditional bail and said they will appear at Sheffield Crown Court on June 7.