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Police officers and pilots cleared over helicopter sex footage

Inappropriate footage was filmed from the police helicopter (not pictured). Credit: PA

A group of police officers and pilots have been cleared of using a helicopter to film naked sunbathers and a couple having sex.

Four inappropriate videos were shot using a high-powered camera from a South Yorkshire Police helicopter - including an 11-minute clip of a man and woman having intercourse in a garden - over a five-year period.

Former Pc Adrian Pogmore, who recorded all of the footage, had admitted four counts of misconduct in a public office.

But now four other men - pilots Matthew Loosemore, 45, Malcolm Reeves, 64, and police officers Lee Walls, 47, and Matthew Lucas, 43 - have been cleared of involvement following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

Jurors heard the quartet were not aware what Pogmore had been doing as he filmed with the chopper's camera.

Former Pc Adrian Pogmore admitted misconduct in public office. Credit: PA

During trial proceedings, the court was told that 51-year-old Pogmore had been the only person aboard the helicopter on all of occasions when the footage was taken.

The sex scene clearly featured a couple having intercourse on their patio in a range of positions.

At one point in the footage, the woman even waves at the helicopter.

The videos were shot between 2007 and 2012.

Pogmore, who was 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.

South Yorkshire Police have already sacked Pogmore and he will be sentenced on Tuesday.