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Guardian: Drax protesters' convictions quashed

"A group of environmental protesters have had their convictions overturned after senior judges ruled that crucial evidence gathered by [Mark Kennedy] was withheld from their original trial."


HMIC report: "disgusting and farcical"


Last week saw the publication of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary’s "review of national police units which provide intelligence on criminality associated with protest." This was one of the array of reports commissioned in the aftermath of the revelations about undercover police officer Mark Kennedy. The report, like the "Rose Report" into the CPS’ failure to disclose key evidence, has not been…

Network for Police Monitoring: HMIC review of police “domestic extremism” units

Further analysis of the HMIC report on ‘domestic extremism’ from Matt Salusbury.

FITwatch: HMIC report disgusting and farcical

"Well, we always knew HMIC's ludicrously named ‘review of national police units which provide intelligence on criminality associated with protest' was going to be a farce, and we haven't been disappointed." (FITwatch)

HMIC report into policing protest


Women sue Met over undercover cops


Eight former lovers of undercover cops have started legal action against police chiefs for the psychological suffering they’ve endured. The women include three former lovers of Mark Kennedy, two former lovers of Jim Boyling, and women who had relationships with “Mark Cassidy”, Bob Lambert and “John Barker” – a name that doesn’t seem to have been associated with undercover policing of activism…

Women take legal action against undercover cops

According to a new article in the Guardian, 8 former lovers of undercover cops have started legal action against police chiefs for the psychological suffering they've endured. The women include three former lovers of Mark "only twice" Kennedy, two former lovers of Jim Boyling, and women who had relationships with Mark Cassidy, Bob Lambert and John Barker - a name that doesn't seem to have been ass…

First report into undercover policing: "whitewash"


The first of twelve official reports resulting from the public outing of undercover police officer Mark Kennedy and the subsequent collapse of the trials of 26 climate change activists has been published. The report claims that there was no “dishonest withholding of information” and no “systemic” failings, a conclusion the CPS have been happy to repeat. Critics of the report have dismissed it …

Rose Report on the Ratcliffe Trial


Bristling Badger: Mark Kennedy's Thatcher tears

Last night, a year after he was uncovered by the activists he had infiltrated for seven years, undercover cop Mark Kennedy starred in a Channel 4 documentary (it can be watched online here, at least for now). In it he said how wonderful the activists had been to him day in day out for years on end and how he feels bad having shopped them by the dozen. If that were true and he had a conscience…

Guardian: Mark Kennedy report to rule out monitoring

Mark Kennedy report to rule out monitoring of undercover police

Well what a surprise. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary is expected to stop short of accepting recommendations that there should be rigorous independent oversight into the deployment of undercover officers. It would seem that they've decided Kennedy was just a bad apple and that the wannabe spies that run undercover policing…

Climate activists' convictions quashed


The convictions of 20 climate activists were quashed by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday. The 20 had been convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station, in December last year. However, revelations about the withholding of evidence gathered by undercover police officer Mark Kennedy led to the Director of Public Prosecutions requesting an independent re…

Ratcliffe on Trial: Statement by Bindmans about Ratcliffe Trial

Today [Monday April 18th] Keir Starmer QC, the DPP confirmed that following a review he instructed Clare Montgomery QC to conduct into the safety of the convictions of 20 defendants convicted of conspiracy to trespass at Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal fired power station, he has invited the defence to appeal to the Court of Appeal against those convictions, ‘in the light of non-disclosure of mater…

Nottingham Post: Mark Kennedy: The Documentary

An article in today's Nottingham Post confirms that "A documentary is being made about undercover policeman Mark Kennedy."

This corroborates what Kennedy was reported to have told an activist and "erstwhile friend" after an encounter at Euston Station in London. During that exchange he "claimed that no-one would be named in the documentary or in the book" he is also working on. Not that his word …

Corporate spy was active in Nottingham


The Mark Kennedy case has thrown the world of police and private spying on activists into the spotlight. One of the many revelations about Kennedy is that he can be linked to private spying company Global Open. Kennedy worked as a consultant for them and set up his own company, Tokra, using the address of Global Open director Heather Millgate.

Nottingham Indymedia can reveal that a second sp…

Indymedia UK: I can't forgive Mark Kennedy's betrayal

"Along with many others, I was sickened when I discovered that the man I knew as a fellow activist, Mark Kennedy, was in fact an undercover police officer who had been spying on us since 2003. Yet my feelings were nothing compared with those who were close to him. The betrayal and loss they are feeling is a real grief – the equivalent of someone you love dying. I went through this myself a few…

Indymedia UK: Mark Stone: A respectful request to all activists

In the wake of the Mark "Stone" story breaking in the mainstream media yesterday, a lot of journalists are trying their best to dig out all the gorey personal details. They are phoning up lots of activists and trying to find out more information. You may be one of those activists.

You are requested not to give any information to the media. Just say "sorry, I don't know anything about that"…

Undercover police officer back in the spotlight


The Met Police are facing serious questions and the threat of an investigation into the role of one of their undercover officers. PC Mark Kennedy infiltrated activist groups between 2003-2009. On Monday, the second trial relating to planned action at Ratcliffe on Soar power station collapsed after the prosecution offered no evidence. This is believed to be an attempt to conceal the extent of …