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Police helicopter officer 'filmed couples having sex'

2015-02-04 19:49:26

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Adrian Pogmore was an officer in a South Yorkshire helicopter (Picture: Alex Roebuck/www.alexroebuck.co.uk)

A police officer has been suspended over allegations that he was using his force's helicopter to film people having sex at dogging spots.

Adrian Pogmore, 48, is alleged to have then taken the footage he collected home with him, according to The Sun.

One source told the paper that he obtained footage of one couple at it down a country lane.

Mr Pogmore, who is a father-of-two working for South Yorkshire Police, is believed to have split up with his wife, Lesley, 49, who then contacted police.

A source told the paper: 'They removed a disc and after interviewing him concluded that he had a case to answer.'

An investigation has been launched and, while Mr Pogmore has not been arrested, he could face disciplinary action or even voyeurism charges.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: 'A South Yorkshire Police officer has been suspended following an allegation relating to unauthorised use of force visual recording equipment.

'The PC, based in Operational Support Services, was suspended from his post on Friday 5 December 2014 while the allegation was investigated.

'The incident is believed to have taken place in 2008. A gross misconduct investigation was carried out by the force's Professional Standards Department and found there is a case to answer. The officer will appear before a special case hearing in February.

'The helicopter was being used at the time of the alleged incident for a legitimate policing purpose and was being used to assist with operational policing.

'The officer was interviewed around an alleged breach of standards of professional behaviour in relation to discreditable conduct. A search was carried out at the officer's address, with his consent, and no disc has been recovered.

'A second South Yorkshire officer inside the helicopter at the time of the alleged incident was also subject to a Professional Standards investigation. This pilot is employed by the National Police Air Service (NPAS) and his involvement has been investigated and no misconduct was identified. This report will be referred to NPAS for their consideration.'

The helicopter has a Wescam MX15 camera that can be used day or night.

South Yorkshire Police website says: 'It houses two daylight cameras and one thermal imaging camera, which capture video images that are then displayed on colour monitors within the aircraft.

'The camera system, while the most expensive part of the aircraft, is among the best in world. It is used to search open areas, both rural and urban, not only to trace offenders but to locate missing persons resulting in numerous lives being saved.'

It also has a loud speaker system and powerful light with the equivalent of 30 million candles.

Source: metro.co.uk

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