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Herne report into spying protects the police

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2414

The Operation Herne report on the conduct of officers from Scotland Yard’s Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) is a whitewash.

The report, carried out by Derbyshire cop Mick Creedon, looked into a number of allegations.

One was that SDS cops infiltrated political groups and formed sexual relationships with people in them.

The report declined to elaborate, citing an ongoing civil case by women complainants. 

But it added that there was “no evidence it had been sanctioned by the SDS management”.

Another was that officers supplied intelligence to a blacklisting agency. The report claims that it saw “no available evidence for this”.

A third was that SDS targeted justice campaigns, particularly for people who died after police contact. 

The report confirmed that SDS held information on 18 justice campaigns running between 1970-2005.

These included the Stephen Lawrence campaign and campaigns for Ricky Reel and Cherry Groce.

Herne confirmed that cops entered political groups close to the campaigns, but declined to name them.

The report gives away no information about the conduct of undercover cops. All involved keep their anonymity.


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