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Make the spy cops probe transparent

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Issue 2496
Protest at the inquiry
Protest at the inquiry (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The father of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has demanded that Lord Justice Pitchford must conduct an “open and transparent inquiry” into undercover police.

Pitchford opened a two-day hearing on Tuesday to decide how much of the public inquiry will be held in secret.

Neville Lawrence said, “For over 20 years I have seen the Metropolitan Police fail time and again to be open and honest on matters concerning myself and my family.

“It appears that attempts are being made to persuade the inquiry to restrict public access to information.

“Such restrictions would make it impossible to get answers for victims.”

As well as the Lawrence family, the secret cops spied on a string of justice campaigns for murder victims or those who died following police contact.

They spied on activists and campaigners.

Cop investigating abuse arrested

Metropolitan Police detective Chris Maitland appeared in court last week to face 14 charges relating to child sex offences.

They include sexual touching of a girl aged under 13 and making indecent images of a child. Maitland works in the force’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

The alleged offences took place between 2005 and 2015.

He was originally arrested last November on suspicion of possession and distribution of indecent images of children.

He was later arrested and accused of committing offences against an eight year old girl.

Maitland is due to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 15 April. He is currently suspended from duty.

Detectives investigating concerns over the handling of £1 million at the Police Federation have arrested four people, including three serving officers, on suspicion of fraud.

The federation, which represents most of the 125,000 police officers in England and Wales, called in Surrey police.

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