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Cop in helicopter denies watching couple having sex

A police officer who was in a force helicopter when a couple was filmed having sex in their garden has told a jury he did not see their antics and did not know his colleague was recording them.

Matthew Lucas, 43, admitted he was in the front passenger seat of the South Yorkshire Police helicopter when footage was shot of the couple having sex in a number of positions on their patio.

The 11-minute long footage has been shown to a jury at Sheffield Crown Court on a number of occasions during the trial of Lucas and three of his colleagues.

Giving evidence on Thursday, the officer said he had very little recollection of the flight but did recall seeing a naked woman with a man in a Manchester United shirt for a “matter of seconds”.

He said his colleague in the back seat of the chopper, PC Adrian Pogmore, must have done the filming.

The jury has heard how Pogmore, who has pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office, knew the couple through his involvement in the “swinging scene” and admitted that he had had sex with the woman.

Lucas is on trial with fellow police officer Lee Walls, 47, and two pilots - Matthew Loosemore, 45, and Malcolm Reeves, 64. They all deny misusing the South Yorkshire Police helicopter by using it to film people sunbathing naked and the couple having sex.

Pogmore, 51, of Guilthwaite Crescent, Whiston, Rotherham, has admitted four counts of misconduct in a public office and all four defendants claim Pogmore was solely to blame.

Today's most read story

The former fiancée of a Huddersfield League cricketer has told how she feared for her life as he carried out a ‘vile and disgusting’ booze-fuelled attack on her.

Lauren Richmond, 22, suffered multiple cuts and bruises during the May Day attack by Jordan Greaves, which only ended when she managed to wind down the window and scream for help.

Lauren Richmond has spoken out after being attacked by her ex boyfriend Jordan Greaves
Lauren Richmond has spoken out after being attacked by her ex boyfriend Jordan Greaves

Game of Thrones star's support for trans US military personnel

Lena, who grew up in Huddersfield, condemns Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the US armed forces.

That looks safe. Not.

This lorry was carrying pallets and pallets of what appears to be paint without securing them to the trailer.

With just a tarpaulin to hold them in the M1 could have been a very different colour had they fallen out.

Broken down vehicle causes M1 delays

Delays, two lanes closed and very slow traffic due to broken down car on M1 Southbound between J41 A650 (Carrgate) and J40 A638 (Ossett / Wakefield), congestion to J42 M62 (Lofthouse).

Travel time is 40 minutes.
Lanes one and two (of four) are closed.

Girl who set off balloon traced thanks to social media

An update on the balloon released by a four-year-old girl from Emley Moor which was found in Lincolnshire - she’s been found!

A social media campaign to find Lucy Wright, whose message was on the gold balloon found in Gainsborough, was shared 7,700 times. Lucy’s mum Gemma has been in touch and sent us this lovely photograph of Lucy setting off the number ‘4’ birthday balloon.

The power of social media!

Lucy Wright sets off balloon from Emley Moor
Lucy Wright sets off balloon from Emley Moor

Felix the Station Cat goody bags up for grabs

Huddersfield Station are handing out free Felix the Station Cat goody bags at the weekend, they popular puss has announced on her Facebook page.

To celebrate the start of the summer holidays staff members Angela & Angie are going to be giving out the bags to young passengers friends on Saturday from 9am, provided parents have bought ticket.

Felix is Huddersfield’s most famous moggy with more than 120,000 fans on Facebook.

Felix the Huddersfield Railway Station cat.
Felix the Huddersfield Railway Station cat.

Meanwhile, in Huddersfield...

This man may have taken advice for combining healthy eating and exercise a little to literally after he was spotted walking a BANANA through the town centre.

The unknown man was spotted on a stroll along Cross Church Street by Steven Helliwell, a 23-year-old freelance graphic designer from Huddersfield. The bizarre clip has since been viewed 70,000 times.

No, we don’t know why either - although we can see the ap-peel.

Man seen walking his banana through Huddersfield town centre (Copyright: Guzelian/Steven Helliwell)
Man seen walking his banana through Huddersfield town centre (Copyright: Guzelian/Steven Helliwell)

Jury hearing closing speeches in Darren Moorhouse murder trial

The jury in the Darren Moorhouse murder trial have been hearing closing speeches as it draws to a close.

Honley man Darren was killed after a violent row broke out over a television at a house in Ovenden, Halifax, the prosecution allege. Christopher Churchill and Dale Dwyer are both charged with murder.

The jury is due to retire either tomorrow or Monday to consider their verdicts. You can see the latest report from Bradford Crown Court here.

Darren Moorhouse
Darren Moorhouse

Motorways clears following vehicle fire

All lanes now re-opened on the M1 southbound following this earlier incident.

Vehicle fire causing severe delays on the M1 near Huddersfield

Traffic on the M1 southbound due to a lane being closed because of a vehicle fire near to the Denby Dale junction.

The lane is closed between junctions 38 and 37 and there are reports of long delays so one to be aware of if you’re using the M1 this lunchtime.

Delays on the M1 due to vehicle fire
Delays on the M1 due to vehicle fire

Domestic abuse survivor speaks out of her ordeal

The former fiancée of a Huddersfield League cricketer has told how she feared for her life as he carried out a ‘vile and disgusting’ booze-fuelled attack on her.

Lauren Richmond, 22, suffered multiple cuts and bruises during the May Day attack by Jordan Greaves, which only ended when she managed to wind down the window and scream for help.

Read the full story here.

Lauren Richmond shared these pictures of her injuries after being attacked by her ex boyfriend, Jordan Greaves
Lauren Richmond shared these pictures of her injuries after being attacked by her ex boyfriend, Jordan Greaves

Number of police shooting fatalities 'highest on record'

An IPCC report has revealed the number of police shooting fatalities over the last year is the highest on record.

Six people died after being shot by armed officers for the year 2016-2017. One of those six fatalities was Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, who was shot in a pre-planned police operation on the M62 sliproad at Ainley Top on January 2. Police acted on knowledge there may have been a weapon in the car he was travelling in - a firearm was later recovered in the car’s footwell.

The number also includes Westminster terror attacker Khalid Masood, who was shot by officers after he drove into pedestrians and stabbed Pc Keith Palmer in March.

Data published in a report from the IPCC yesterday showed the number was the highest since 2004 when their records began, although the number of deaths in police custody had reduced significantly.

Forensics officers at junction 24 of the M62, where Mohammed Yassar Yakub was shot
Forensics officers at junction 24 of the M62, where Mohammed Yassar Yaqub was shot (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Celebrating 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised

You may have seen the ‘Sexual Offences Act’ trending on Twitter today. That’s because today marks fifty years since same sex relationships were partially decriminalised in the UK.

The act was introduced in 1967 declaring sexual relations between two men were no longer illegal provided it was in a private place and the men were over the age of 21 - obviously things have progressed a lot further since then. Here’s a beautiful picture from last year’s Huddersfield Pride Weekend where hundreds gathered for a vigil to remember the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting in June.

Vigil in St Georges Square for the victims in Orlando shooting. A large colour banner is unfolded at the vigil.
Vigil in St Georges Square for the victims in Orlando shooting. A large colour banner is unfolded at the vigil.

Driver caught red-handed using red shoulder to escape traffic

Don’t you hate it when people do this?!

'Unacceptable' levels of violence at prison

A new report has found ‘unacceptably high’ levels of violence and drug use at HMP Leeds.

Armley prison has been criticised in the Independent Monitoring Board’s report, detail numerous instances of drug use, violent acts and self-harming.

Leeds Prison, aka Armley Jail
Leeds Prison, aka Armley Jail

One in 11 ambulance responses to cardiac arrests 'did not have paramedics'

Hundreds of ambulances attending the most serious incidents in the local area at the end of last year did not include paramedics, data has revealed.

Some 416 responses to Priority 1 ambulance calls between October and December last year - which involves patients in cardiac arrest - were from teams that did not include a paramedic. This counted for one in 11 of all responses in the Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield areas.

As well as this, there were 2,245 AmberT calls in the last quarter of the year where crews with no paramedic attended, 20.2% of the total.

Stock picture of ambulance

CCTV released in theft appeal

Do you recognise this man? Kirklees police have released this image and want to speak to him following an incident of making off without payment on Friday last week.

Anyone with information should contact them via 101 quoting crime reference 13170335576.

Heavy traffic on M62 westbound

The M62 between Huddersfield and Manchester
The M62 between Huddersfield and Manchester

Today's weather

The weather doesn’t look very promising today! Up to an 80% chance of rain this morning and the possibility of some thunder.

There’s a chance we may see the sun rear its head a little later but don’t forget your brollies for now!

Search for four-year-old who released balloon from Emley Moor

A balloon belonging to a four-year-old from Huddersfield has landed more than 50 miles away in Lincolnshire.

This balloon was released by a Lucy Wright at Emley Moor - although it’s not clear when. If anyone knows Lucy or her parents - do get in touch!

Roads closed in Wooldale

Two roads in Wooldale, Holmfirth, are closed today for resurfacing.

Check the changes to bus routes here:

Final hope for graduate fighting inoperable cancer

The family of a young woman with inoperable cancer have almost reached their fundraising target for pioneering treatment.

Oxford graduate Jess Lenihan, 26, has had to give up her dream job at a London art gallery to fight a rare form of cancer called cholangiocarcinoma. One option for Jess, who grew up in Lindley, is to undergo a promising treatment not available on the NHS.

The treatment costs £100,000, and the family so far have raised more than £87,000. Can you help them with their last push? Donate to their page here.

Jess Lenihan
Jess Lenihan (Image: Jess Lenihan)

Another top award for the University

Big congratulations to catering staff at the University of Huddersfield, who last night won a top national award at the University Caterers Organisation Awards.

National news

Here are the main headlines this morning as we roll in to Thursday...

GOVERNMENT CALLS IN EXPERTS TO EXAMINE EU MIGRANTS’ ROLE IN UK
Experts will be called in to launch a major assessment of migration from the European Union as the Government steps up its efforts to devise a post-Brexit immigration system.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd will commission the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to carry out a detailed analysis of the role of EU nationals in the UK economy and society.
The in-depth study will focus on patterns of migration from Europe, considering factors including regional distribution, skill levels and seasonal workers.

CHARLIE GARD COULD SOON BE ALLOWED TO DIE AFTER JUDGE SETS END-OF-LIFE TIMETABLE

Terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard could soon be moved to a hospice and allowed to die.
A High Court judge set a timetable for the final stage of 11-month-old Charlie’s life after what could have been the final hearing in the case on Wednesday.
Mr Justice Francis has heard that Charlie’s parents and doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London cannot agree on hospice care plans for the youngster.

AUGUST START TO COVER SHELL OF GUTTED GRENFELL TOWER
Work to cover the charred remains of the Grenfell Tower is to begin next month, the site manager said.
A devastating fire ripped through the 24-storey building in west London on June 14, killing at least 80 people.
The scorched husk of the building will be coated in a protective wrap from mid-August to help forensic investigations and ease the eventual deconstruction of the building which is due to take place “towards the end of 2018”.

The government is to examine the extent to which EU migrants financially benefit the UK ahead of Brexit (Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire)

What's happening on the roads?

All’s running in Bristol fashion on the motorways this morning with no major disruption on eithe the M62 or M1. Here’s what’s happening on the local roads...

  • Slow traffic on Halifax Road heading into Huddersfield town centre from Ainley Top
  • Queues along Leeds Road in Hipperholme
  • Busy but moving on the Huddersfield ring road by the old Tech college
  • Rein Road in Tingley is closed due to grass cutting
  • Heavy traffic on Wakefield Road through Mirfield
  • Also very busy heading towards Cooper Bridge on Wakefield Road from Brighouse/the M62
  • Slow on Ovenden Road in Halifax
  • Busy on Whitehall Road, Wyke, heading towards the M62
New proposals would aim to reduce rush hour traffic on Halifax Road, Huddersfield
Rush hour traffic on Halifax Road, Huddersfield

Good morning, Huddersfield

Welcome to the Huddersfield Examiner’s breaking news service.

Stay with us throughout the day to be the first to know everything that’s happening across Huddersfield and the rest of West Yorkshire.

We’ll be bringing you updates on crime, health, sport, politics, education and more live from the Examiner team.

And remember to check back before you travel as during peak times we’ll provide you with all of the latest traffic updates on the M62 and roads around the region.

Victoria Street in Holmfirth.
Victoria Street in Holmfirth.

You can also download our app to get news on the go and push notification for the latest breaking stories here .

If there’s something you’ve noticed and want us to check out then please feel free to get in touch - you can call us on 01484 437712, email editorial@examiner.co.uk or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .