12 thoughts on “British secret police spy advocated arson

  1. Saturday 17th September 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    Woman deceived into relationship with spycop Neri talks

    by Conrad Landin

    at Greenwich University

    A WOMAN deceived into a two-year relationship with an undercover police officer believes she was targeted so that her partner “could infiltrate the trade unions,” she said yesterday.

    The Star revealed yesterday that an officer using the cover name Carlo Neri had suggested to two anti-fascist activists that they firebomb a charity shop.

    Mr Neri, who was undercover from 2001 to 2006, is believed to still serve as a police officer.

    It is thought he was deployed by the Met to infiltrate left-wing groups, anti-fascist organisations and trade union campaigns.

    His former partner Andrea, who uses an alias to protect her identity, spoke in public for the first time at a conference on blacklisting and undercover policing yesterday.

    Mr Neri came across as a “lovely, lovely man” who was “trusting, trustworthy” and “cooked beautiful food,” she said.

    He left her after appearing to have a breakdown, speaking of the death of his father and a family history of physical and sexual abuse.

    Some years later, Andrea read in Rob Evans and Paul Lewis’s book Undercover about the experience of other women deceived into relationships.

    She said the “hairs stood up on the back of my neck” as she recognised patterns of behaviour deployed by undercover officers, such as repeated absences, secrecy about their family and emotional manipulation.

    With the help of campaigners and journalists, she was able to confirm that Mr Neri was an undercover officer.

    Activists have not disclosed his real surname because, as it is so distinctive, this would affect members of his family.

    “I don’t know why I was targeted,” Andrea told the conference. “I think I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    “I suspect I offered a cover so this man could infiltrate trade unions.”

    She said his positioning and friendships meant he could have targeted a raft of different unions, including the GMB, which he claimed to be a member of as a locksmith, her own Transport and General Workers Union and transport union RMT.

    Helen Steel, who was deceived into a relationship with another officer, John Dines, said Andrea’s story “brought back many of the things I heard from John.”

    She told the conference that the use of relationships to beef up officers’ cover displayed a “pattern of institutional sexism.”

    Ms Steel added: “I’m quite certain more women are going to discover they were deceived into undercover relationships.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-f39f-I-was-just-used-to-infilitrate-unions#.V91fpjWAb6g

  2. Saturday 17th SEptember 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    A “CULTURE of impunity” has allowed immoral and illegal practices to go unchallenged in police forces, John McDonnnell said yesterday.

    Speaking at the Blacklisting, Bullying and Blowing the Whistle conference, the shadow chancellor said Labour would take forward activists’ proposals to change the laws on blacklisting and undercover policing.

    Bemoaning the slowness of the fight against the construction blacklist and police surveillance, he said the biggest obstacle was “the belief we live in liberal democracy where these things don’t happen.”

    He said the government was refusing to allow a public inquiry into the jailing of the Shrewsbury pickets because it would reveal that the Establishment had conspired to frame the striking builders.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-9824-Culture-of-impunity-let-law-breakers-off-the-hook#.V91pYDWAb6g

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  4. Wednesday 12th October 2016

    posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

    Met’s failure to co-operate hampers inquiry

    VICTIMS of secret surveillance have spoken about their experiences as part of a push for police to fully co-operate with the Pitchford inquiry.

    Actor and activist Ricky Tomlinson said at a panel talk organised by the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (Cops) on Monday night that he has been denied core participant status in the inquiry into undercover policing.

    He recalled how he and his friend Des Warren were sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court in the 1970s to two and three years in prison respectively for their roles in a mass strike by construction workers.

    Before his arrest, police had pressed him to testify against other pickets, threatening that he himself would face prosecution if he did not agree.

    Another of the builders tried at Shrewsbury turned out to be a police informer called John Carpenter. He was given a suspended sentence. Mr Warren died in 2004 from Parkinson’s disease, believed to have been brought on by the repeated doses of the chemical cosh inflicted on him while in prison.

    Another victim of covert surveillance bravely described her six-year relationship with a man who called himself Mark Stone, who was later unmasked as a undercover policeman.

    Lisa Jones found out that her then partner’s real name was Mark Kennedy in 2010, when she discovered his passport in a glovebox. She also learnt that he had a wife and two children and was still living with them.

    Ms Jones, whose true identity is protected by a court anonymity order, said a number of other women had suffered similar “tactical” abuse by the Metropolitan Police in its efforts to spy on political and environmental activists.

    She described as “psychological torture” the experience of being abandoned by the men, who faked mental breakdowns as an “exit strategy” after the assignments ended.

    Dwayne Brooks, a friend of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence and a main witness in the case, said the Met had bugged his meetings with his lawyer.

    He denounced the Pitchford probe as a “fake inquiry” because the date for witness statements keeps on being pushed back and other apparent delaying tactics have also been used.

    The investigation has been running for a year, but there is no end in sight so far.

    Bindmans Solicitors partner Tamsin Allen also blamed delaying tactics by the Met for the inquiry having made little progress.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-4866-Spy-cops-victims-left-angry-by-Pitchford#.V_5hfsmXEdU

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  6. Friday 18th November 2016

    posted by Conrad Landin in Britain

    THE public inquiry into undercover policing confirmed yesterday that a man who infiltrated trade unions was indeed a police officer.

    The Met had previously applied its “neither confirm nor deny” policy to the man, who used the cover name Carlo Neri during his deployment between 2001 and 2006.

    In September, the Star revealed that Mr Neri, one of many officers deployed to infiltrate left-wing campaigns, had suggested that activists fire-bomb a charity shop.

    He also deceived three women into relationships, proposing marriage to one of them, and is thought to have passed information to the construction industry’s private blacklist of trade unionists.

    Yesterday, the undercover policing inquiry chaired by Lord Justice Pitchford issued a notice saying that Mr Neri would not be seeking a restriction order over his cover name.

    Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith said: “The public statement by the Pitchford inquiry is a vindication of our campaign for justice, but this admission has been dragged out of the police, who have repeatedly adopted the line that they can ‘neither confirm nor deny’ whether individuals named by activists in the media were police officers.”

    The activist to whom Mr Neri proposed marriage, who uses the alias Andrea, said: “I am, of course, relieved to have finally received official confirmation that the person I believed to be my partner of more than two years, Carlo Neri, was in reality an undercover police officer.

    “The fact that it has taken the police so long to acknowledge this has undoubtedly caused additional stress and uncertainty within an already difficult situation for myself and my family.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a864-Carlo-Neri-officially-confirmed-as-an-undercover-cop#.WC8i5n2ff6g

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