Undercover Policing Inquiry’s tranche 1 interim report is released

The Under Cover Policing Inquiry’s first interim report finds that the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) unit of the Metropolitan Police, which spied mainly on left-wing activists should have been disbanded soon after it was established in 1968. It in fact they continued to use these methods until 2008.

The interim report was released on 29 June 2022 and covers a period from 1968 – 1982.

The inquiry found that the ends did not justify the means and had use of these means been publicly known at the time, the SDS would have been brought to a rapid end.

The Inquiry Chair also found that, in his view, only three groups out of many hundreds were ever ‘a legitimate target’ for undercover policing of any kind – and none of the groups which are involved with the Inquiry.

The inquiry continues.

Jane Deighton, Isla Woodcock and Rajiv Nair of this firm represent five core participants in the inquiry, all who had been spied on by the police.

Rajiv Menon KC and Una Morris of Garden Court are instructed as counsel.

The report can be found here: https://www.ucpi.org.uk/ucpi-interim-report-for-tranche-1/


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