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Police helicopter sex accused to stand trial

Clockwise from top left: Matthew Lucas, Lee Walls, Matthew Loosemore and Adrian Pogmore Image copyright PA
Image caption Clockwise from top left: Matthew Lucas, Lee Walls, Matthew Loosemore and Adrian Pogmore appeared at Sheffield Crown Court

Four men, including two serving police officers, are to stand trial accused of misusing the camera on a police helicopter to film people who were naked or having sex.

The group, which also includes a retired police officer and a pilot, were arrested as part of a South Yorkshire Police investigation.

All four deny charges of misconduct in a public office.

They will stand trial at Sheffield Crown Court on 17 July next year.

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Serving officers Matthew Lucas, 41, and Lee Walls, 46, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court along with former South Yorkshire officer Adrian Pogmore, 50, to enter their not guilty pleas.

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

A fifth man, 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 the hearing on Tuesday.

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Image caption Retired South Yorkshire Police pilot Malcolm Reeves faces two counts of misconduct

The charges of misconduct in a public office relate to four alleged incidents between 2007 and 2012.

Mr Lucas, from Sheffield, denies three counts; Mr Walls, from Sheffield, denies one count; Mr Pogmore, from Rotherham, denies four charges; Mr Loosemore, from Doncaster, denies one count of misconduct and Mr Reeves, from Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, faces two counts of misconduct.

Mr Lucas and Mr Walls are both currently suspended from duty, South Yorkshire Police has said.

Judge Julian Goose QC bailed the men who will appear in court again on 14 July.

Image caption The men were charged after reports that South Yorkshire Police's helicopter had been used for inappropriate filming

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