Socialist Worker

Cops won’t be prosecuted for spying on Janet Alder

by Judith Orr
Issue No. 2482

Janet Alder

Janet Alder (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Police officers who ran a surveillance operation on Janet Alder will not be prosecuted, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has told her.

Janet has campaigned for the truth about how her brother Christopher Alder died while in police custody in 1998.

She told Socialist Worker, “I have been terrorised from the start, because I have been looking for the truth.”

She is angry that despite evidence of the police spying on her—a bereaved family member—no-one will face charges.

Evidence shows that up to 14 officers followed her and her legal team in 2000 during a six-week inquest into her brother’s death.

They also spied on the small group of the family’s supporters who protested outside the inquest at Hull Crown Court.

“They are covering up for the perpetrators.

“Remember that Christopher died on the floor of their custody suite.”

A woman officer reported being involved in the surveillance on Janet after hearing about police spying on the family of Stephen Lawrence who was murdered in 1993.

“I still haven’t even seen what the surveillance on me contains.

“I have a right to know. The state has never been happy because I have been asking the right questions.”


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