London and Edinburgh to discuss extending undercover police ‘sex spy’ inquiry to Scotland

Paul Hutcheon, Investigations Editor / 01:14 Sunday 17 January 2016 / News

HOME Secretary Theresa May is to hold talks with the SNP Government about extending an undercover policing inquiry to Scotland.

The discussions will take place following revelations about rogue police units that sent police officers to spy on left-wing groups north of the border.

Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes urged Justice Secretary Michael Matheson to launch his own probe if the talks are unsuccessful.


May set up the Pitchford Inquiry to examine allegations against officers in England and Wales who spied on protest and environmental groups.

In particular, the Inquiry will focus on two organisations: the now defunct Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU).

Some rogue SDS officers had sexual relationships with the women they targeted, took the identities of dead babies, and kept tabs on the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Mark Kennedy, a former NPOIU officer, slept with female protestors linked to groups he infiltrated.

The Inquiry is only examining undercover activity in England and Wales, as the SDS was controlled by the Metropolitan Police's Special Branch and the NPOIU was run by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

However, the Sunday Herald has revealed how the units operated in Scotland.

Kennedy is believed to have visited Scotland on 14 occasions and was the “transport co-ordinator” for protestors at the G8 summit in Gleneagles in 2005.

A US citizen, Sarah Hampton, also told this newspaper that she had an intimate relationship with Kennedy while he spyed on her in Scotland.

Another campaigner, Jason Kirkpatrick, has told how he suspects he was targeted by a female undercover officer at the G8.



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