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7 February 2011

January 23 2011 - But officer!

The police are getting a bit of a rough time in the press at the moment.

Not that I really care as it’s most likely that they deserve it, especially if the stories are true.

Unless you’ve been on the moon this month, you would have heard about the collapsed trial of the six environmental protestors who were accused of conspiring to shut down Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station and the subsequently allegations that have been made of an undercover officer, who had infiltrated their group as being an agent provocateur. This case along with revelations that undercover officers are usually promiscuous when they are carrying out their job raises serious questions over covert policing and whether it is now time to shine a bright light on this area of law and order.

ACPO, the supervisory body has now been stripped of its role and there are possibilities that common law actions for negligence and misfeasance in pu...

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