Pros­e­cu­tors: U.K. po­lice used he­li­copter to film sex, nud­ists

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

LONDON — Pros­e­cu­tors say a Bri­tish po­lice he­li­copter crew filmed peo­ple hav­ing sex and sun­bathing naked.

The po­lice are ac­cused of us­ing the air­craft’s pow­er­ful video cam­era to film mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Pros­e­cu­tor Richard Wright said Tues­day the film­ing was a “gross vi­o­la­tion” of the vic­tims’ pri­vacy. He said the pub­lic has a right to hope that po­lice he­li­copters are be­ing used to keep com­mu­ni­ties safe, not to film sex acts from the air.

The case against five men in Sh­effield Crown Court re­lies in part on a graphic, eight­minute film con­sist­ing of footage from the South York­shire Po­lice he­li­copter.

One po­lice of­fi­cer, 50-year-old Adrian Pog­more, has pleaded guilty to mis­con­duct. Four other men deny the charges. Pros­e­cu­tors say the cou­ple filmed hav­ing sex were friends of Pog­more.

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