South Yorkshire Police pay compensation to ex-glamour model over helicopter spying scandal

South Yorkshire Police has paid compensation to an ex-glamour model who was spied upon from the force helicopter when she was sunbathing naked in her garden.

By Claire Lewis
Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 2:05 pm

Tracy Dixon, aged 54, sued South Yorkshire Police for £200,000 over the distress she was caused by the force failing to reveal how often she was spied upon.

The settlement reached has not been disclosed but the case has now concluded.

Disgraced former police officer Adrian Pogmore, 54, was jailed for a year in 2017 after admitting four charges of misconduct in public office after filming his victim from a police helicopter as it flew over her garden as she sunbathed naked.

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Adrian Pogmore spied on a naked sunbather from South Yorkshire Police's helicopter

The high powered camera he used could zoom in on subjects and was capable of reading number plates two miles away.

Pogmore, from Whiston, Rotherham, who was a member of a swingers club and described as 'sex obsessed' during his court case, also filmed a couple having sex on their garden patio, shot footage of a naturists’ camp near Doncaster and filmed another couple sunbathing naked at their home.

He was prosecuted over filming on four occasions between 2007 and 2012, when Pogmore was part of South Yorkshire Police’s Air Support Unit.

Two other officers and two pilots were cleared of misconduct following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

Jailing Pogmore, Judge Peter Kelson QC described him as a ‘rogue police officer’ and said his actions had been ‘offensive and invasive’ and amounted to a ‘gross abuse’ of trust.

He said at the time: “You, quite literally, considered yourself above the law. Nobody is above the law.”

Pogmore was dismissed from South Yorkshire Police after 22 years.

Ms Dixon previously described as ‘a taxpayer-funded pervert’ who flew around in a police helicopter ‘for his own sexual kicks criminals were on the run’

South Yorkshire Police said: “All parties are bound under the confidentiality schedule relating to these proceedings.”

During Pogmore’s police career he received a number of commendations, including one for saving the life of an 11-year-old boy.

But his actions were said by Judge Kelson to have ‘severely damaged public confidence’ in the police.