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May 3 2016 20:34

Helen Steel was on Victoria Derbyshire this morning, she was great! I think people can see it on iPlayer via bbc.co.uk/victoria

rat, thanks very much for these updates here. Although I was thinking it would be really good if there were an article which kind of brought together everything which was publicly known so far about these cases, ideally with some comments from those personally affected.

What would you think of writing something up for our news section? We would really appreciate it

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May 3 2016 20:53
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Helen Steel was on Victoria Derbyshire this morning, she was great! I think people can see it on iPlayer via bbc.co.uk/victoria

Helen Steel's from 01:22 fwiw

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May 3 2016 23:32

Racist Emails of LA Police Official Revealed

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Tom Angel, a leading Los Angeles County sheriff's official, resigned after racist emails he forwarded about Latinos, blacks, and Muslims were made public. Sheriff Jim McDonnell said he hoped Angel's resignation would be a "learning opportunity" for members of his staff.—VICE News

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May 4 2016 15:20

Thanks for the suggestion about writing an article Steven. I have to admit to not being so good at writing articles, but I'm looking into getting someone else to produce one for publication on Libcom.
So I'll get back to you soon about that.

Here's a link to the Victoria Derbyshire interview that you pointed out.
This is just the 8 minute clip edited from the whole programme with Helen Steel talking about the current situation.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03syvv7

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May 8 2016 22:39

Just a note to say that we're trying to get an article together about this.

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May 9 2016 10:53
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Just a note to say that we're trying to get an article together about this.

fantastic thanks!

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Jun 2 2016 18:13

An email update from the Police Spies campaign about further developments with the Cardiff Anarchist Network. They're asking for support for a solidarity picket outside the Royal Courts of Justice at 11am Tues 7th June.

(contact@policespiesoutoflives.org.uk)

"Dear Supporter,

After the success of our main case, where the women won an apology from the Met Police, and the Police withdrew their defence, we are now supporting other people who have been affected by the relationships with undercover police, through legal action against the Police, and through the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing. These include the following people from the Cardiff Anarchist Network, we are hoping you will support at their demo outside their court hearing on Tuesday 7th June."

"Solidarity Picket with people affected by relationships with undercover police
11am Tues 7th June, Royal Courts of Justice"

"Following the infiltration of Cardiff Anarchist Network by an Undercover Police Officer calling himself "Marco Jacobs" a number of activists are taking legal action against South Wales Police and the Metropolitan Police in an attempt to hold the system to account."

"Since they first filed an application in court, both sets of Police lawyers have attempted to obstruct justice, giving a “Neither Confirm Nor Deny” defence of all aspects of Officer Jacobs deployment."

"At 12noon on Tuesday 7th June there will be a Case Management Hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Join us in a Solidarity picket of the court before the hearing starts.

Can't make the picket?
Share our social media messages, or make your own to show your support (see below how to find us)"

Thanks,

Police Spies Out of Lives Team

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Jul 4 2016 12:06
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What would you think of writing something up for our news section? We would really appreciate it

An article has been written by battlescarred now, so I'll post it in the news section soon. I'm just going to look around for a suitable image to go with the article.

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Jul 4 2016 13:03

Great stuff cheers

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Jul 4 2016 15:26

I've posted the article up in 'News'. I'd appreciate tips about which Tags to use or if any typos are spotted.

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Mar 4 2020 23:27

There have been many updates on this case and I wish that I'd been posting info on here more regularly. Please check the https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/ for recent info.

Also, there has been a slightly odd twist, shall we say, here's a link to a recent tweet by the Police Spies Out of Lives site:

https://twitter.com/out_of_lives/status/1235173802256060416

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Mar 5 2020 19:24

There is the ongoing campaign against one of the SDS cops, Andy Coles, now some Tory counciler.

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Andy Coles was a member of the Metropolitan Police’s disgraced Special Demonstration Squad. In the 1990s he spent four years undercover as peace and animal rights activist ‘Andy Davey’. Like many other officers in Britain’s political secret police, Coles abused his role to deceive women into sexual relationships. The most significant of these was a woman known as ‘Jessica’.

Check the Wordpress blog dedicated to this campaing here:

https://sackandycoles.wordpress.com/

Also, here's the Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/sackandycoles

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Oct 13 2020 20:30

There are some interesting updates happening at the moment:

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Kate Wilson has received startling admissions from the Metropolitan Police Service and the National Police Chiefs Council – at a hearing before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal at the Royal Courts of Justice being held this week.

October 13th, 2020.

https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/admissions-in-human-rights-case-hig...

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Nov 2 2020 08:54

The Undercover Policing Inquiry starts today (Monday 2nd November).

Follow Police Spies Out of Lives for updates on the situation: https://twitter.com/out_of_lives

Here's a BBC report outlining the case:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54753627

What is the Undercover Policing Inquiry?

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The Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI) is one of the most complicated, expensive and delayed public inquiries in British legal history.

At its heart is a series of very serious allegations of systematic abuses by undercover policing units developed over 40 years.

It was officially set up in 2015 by the then Home Secretary Theresa May, after a series of allegations that she said amounted to evidence of "historical failings".

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Who committed these failings?

There are two undercover units at the heart of the inquiry.

The first is the Metropolitan Police's Special Demonstration Squad (SDS). It had its genesis in the late 1960s when Scotland Yard began investigating groups protesting against the Vietnam War.

It evolved to run operations into a wide range of political groups, causes and movements, most of which were on the left of politics.

The second unit, the National Public Order Intelligence Unit, was a team carrying out identical work largely outside London. Both units have now been disbanded.

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Nov 9 2020 09:50

Live streaming of opening statements in the Spy Cops Inquiry.
Today!
Starts at 10 am.

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Oral opening statements on this hearing day will be streamed - in real-time

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Today is enormously important for us. Our personal stories, collective experience and what we need from @ucpinquiry will be read out by our legal teams.

https://www.ucpi.org.uk/hearing/opening-statements-6/

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Nov 9 2020 09:56

New podcast “Bed of Lies” on Spycops from the Daily Telegraph with a lot of the women interviewed. First ep today:

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/bed-of-lies/id1537575625

(Apple link but I assume is available in the usual places)

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Nov 9 2020 10:02

Live stream now starts at 10:15

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Nov 10 2020 09:55

Link for today's live streaming of opening statements:

https://www.ucpi.org.uk/hearing/opening-statements-7/

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Nov 11 2020 09:48

The live stream of the inquiry is not allowed today.
But here's a Twitter account that will be updating info about the case today:

https://twitter.com/out_of_lives/status/1326436382575833088