Undercover police and policing

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Lies, spies and dirty tricks: the truth about Britain’s undercover police
The Observer exposed infiltration practices in 2010 – the BBC’s Sherwood shows how TV drama can keep the issue alive

Alice O'Keeffe

03, Jul, 2022 @7:30 AM

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The Guardian view on the ‘spy cops’ inquiry: not enough answers
The women deceived by police, and other activists who were spied on, are denied justice by a process that is so drawn out

Editorial

22, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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‘It was as if he set out to destroy my sanity’: how the spy cops lied their way into women’s hearts – and beds
For years, undercover officers from the Metropolitan police deceived and manipulated female activists such as McDonald’s campaigner Helen Steel. Her new book reveals their callous tricks

Amelia Gentleman

11, May, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Police spy who stole identity of dead baby was not prosecuted, inquiry hears
CPS decided not to pursue case against undercover officer despite evidence he had broken the law

Rob Evans

10, May, 2022 @4:02 PM

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British BLM group closes down after police infiltration attempt
Swansea Black Lives Matter says covert police operations and far-right threats made supporters scared to join

Rob Evans and Steven Morris

15, Feb, 2022 @5:03 PM

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Recording reveals police efforts to recruit BLM activist as informant
Swansea activist Lowri Davies recorded call from officer in ‘frightening and distressing’ attempted recruitment

Rob Evans and Damien Gayle

25, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Police spies inquiry: five officers allowed to give evidence in secret
Group includes two former officers who admit having sexual relationships with women while undercover

Rob Evans

18, Oct, 2021 @12:41 PM

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Kate Wilson: after spy cops case the Met is beyond redemption
The woman at the centre of a human rights claim against police gives her response to the ruling

Kate Wilson

30, Sep, 2021 @6:53 PM

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State surveillance under the spotlight | Letter
Letter: The latest revelation that the police had a spy in the CND headquarters is further proof of the unnecessary monitoring of legal, peaceful activities, writes former national council member Julian Harber

Letters

14, Sep, 2021 @3:48 PM

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CND calls for answers from inquiry over 1980s police infiltration
Demand follows confirmation by inquiry that undercover officer was planted in campaign HQ from 1981 to 1984

Rob Evans

12, Sep, 2021 @1:46 PM

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Met police ‘tried to recruit ex-officer to spy on climate change activists’
Former detective says he was asked to inform on fellow Extinction Rebellion campaigners

Tom Wall

24, Jul, 2021 @1:00 PM

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I’m part of the Spycops inquiry, and it’s raising more questions than answers | Alison
I had a five-year relationship with Mark Cassidy, but must wait until 2024 before I find out the information held about me, says Alison

Alison

21, May, 2021 @10:00 AM

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