Ex-glamour model wins £200k after policeman used helicopter to film her naked
A former glamour model has won her £200,000 legal battle with police after an officer used his force helicopter to film her sunbathing naked in her garden.
Tracy Dixon, 54, issued a writ claiming police invaded her privacy and caused her distress by refusing to reveal how often she had been spied on.
She sued after former constable Adrian Pogmore, 53, was jailed for a year in 2017.
He admitted four charges of misconduct in public office by using the South Yorkshire Police helicopter for “sexual spying” with a powerful camera capable of reading a number plate from two miles away.
The force has now said it has come to a settlement with Ms Dixon but refused to say if they paid her the full £200,000 she was demanding.
It said in a statement: “All parties are bound under the confidentiality schedule relating to these proceedings.
“All criminal, civil and misconduct proceedings have concluded.”
It is thought the force agreed to pay Ms Dixon’s legal costs along with their own.
Tracy said previously of Pogmore: “He is a taxpayer-funded pervert. While he was flying around for his own sexual kicks criminals were on the run.”
She said that she had gone to the same school as Pogmore in Rotherham and was worried that he had been “secretly watching me, stalking me, following me for decades”.
Tracy added: “I have no faith or trust in the police any more. It was a complete and utter violation of my privacy.
“I feel sick to know that it took place.”
Pogmore, 54, who served in South Yorkshire police’s air support unit, also used the £2 million helicopter to film a couple having sex on their patio and another couple naked by their caravan.
The former officer, from Whiston in Rotherham, was described in court as “a swinging and sex-obsessed air observer”.
Two pilots and two police observers were found not guilty of misconduct in a public office.
The force said in a statement: “One PC was given a final written warning for breaching the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to Duties and Responsibilities and remains employed by the force.
“The second PC, who had resigned from the force prior to the hearing, was cleared of misconduct.
“The two other members of staff were not South Yorkshire Police employees and therefore not subject to SYP misconduct proceedings.”