Report finds undercover police ‘used effectively’ in Scotland

Undercover police did not infiltrate peaceful campaign groups, says a new report.  

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMICS) said undercover officers are used effectively to combat crime in Scotland.

The publication comes amid concerns over tactics used by English officers, which are currently being examined by a public inquiry at Westminster.

The Scottish government wanted to take part in that inquiry but the Home Office refused.

The inquiry comes amid claims undercover officers formed unethical relationships with peaceful campaigners, with some marrying targets and having children.

The Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson is due to give a statement at Holyrood later today. It is thought that he will not call for an inquiry.

More to follow…

 

 

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