Scottish Government Refuses Spycops Inquiry

The Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance reports on the Scottish government decision yesterday that it will not probe the political undercover policing scandal. The announcement by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson came hours after he finally published a report into undercover policing in Scotland. The review had been conducted by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland. It had

Police Self-Investigators are Doorstepping Spycops Victims

This is a repost from Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance Once again, police self-investigations have been contacting activists who were spied on, asking for co-operation. The latest activity centres around Operation Sparkler/Operation Nitrogen, which is examining evidence that undercover police officer Bob Lambert planted incendiary devices in the Harrow branch of Debenham’s in 1987. Lambert was one of a group

‘I worry about not being in control’ says spycop demanding anonymity

The Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance rounds up the most recent attempts by a number of former spycops to avoid having their names linked to the Undercover Policing Inquiry. The Inquiry has announced five new applications by anonymity from former undercover police officers. The police want the real and cover names to be withheld in all

Son Abandoned by Spycop Sues Police

A man who was born as part of an undercover officer’s deployment is suing the police, the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance announced yesterday. The 32-year-old, known as TBS, was the planned child of ‘Bob Robinson,’ and an animal rights activist known as Jacqui. “Robinson” was in fact the alias of undercover police officer Bob Lambert

Spycops Sexually Targeted Women From the Start

Over at least 25 years, a number of undercover police officers had entered into intimate relationships with members of targeted activist groups. Several women were deceived into having relationships with undercover cops. In some cases they proposed marriage or fathered children with protesters who were unaware their partner was a police officer.  Various legal actions followed,

Spycop inquiry preliminary hearing opens

Anger was rising as the Undercover Policing Inquiry began its preliminary hearing today, with spycop victims left incredulous over introductory notes by chair John Mitting which they said were effectively him “choosing to fail”. Today’s hearing focused on the police use of convictions handed down against activist core participants, some now spent convictions, in an

Four more spycop names to be released

The grindingly slow Undercover Policing Inquiry looks set to release four more spycops’ cover names following comments from chairman John Mitting — which comes as accusations grow that the Met is succeeding in neutering the inquiry. Mitting, who has himself been heavily criticised over his police links since taking over the inquiry from Pitchford earlier

Spycops victims rally at Home Office to demand end to coverups

Campaigners for the truth over what happened and who infiltrated swathes of perfectly legal organisations from the disgraced Special Demonstration Squad and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit said they’d had enough yesterday as the Undercover Policing Inquiry continues to stall. Speaking at the demo today, a rep for the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS) said: We’re

New spycop inquiry chair set to cover up names, warns watchdog

Researchers for the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS) warned today that, following the first major release of papers by controversial new spycop inquiry chief Sir John Mitting, it looks like the Met may be successful in hiding the names of officers linked to their disgraced undercover operations team. COPS has finished analysing a large release of papers