#spycops – the tawdry facts that couldn’t hold together as fiction

Donald Finnaeus Mayo

Unknown-1Former undercover officer Andy Coles, photo courtesy of Peterborough Today

This time it’s the turn of cosmetics chain Lush to feel the tabloid backlash for drawing attention to the ongoing skycops scandal, covered extensively in the pages of the Guardian.

Briefly, the allegation is that during the 80s and 90s undercover police officers manipulated female activists into entering into sexual relationships as part of their efforts to gather information about their political activities.

Last year Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridge Andy Coles was outed by campaigners from the Undercover Research Group. The group claims that Coles was part of a covert group of Metropolitan Police Officers who assumed false identities in order to inveigle themselves into the lives of political activists.

What is so alarming about the revelations, and the reason why the Met is looking down the wrong end of a whopping lawsuit, is that the activists targeted…

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