Police operation uncovered

A secret police operation to spy on students at Cambridge University has been uncovered by the Guardian newspaper.

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Cambridge students "appalled" and "shocked" at police spy accusations

Students at Cambridge University say they're "appalled and shocked" to discover that police have been attempting to infiltrate and spy on their activities.

An undercover video has emerged of a student being asked by an officer to feed information on politically active campaigns and protest groups.

Cambridgeshire Police says its tactics are within the law, but civil liberty groups say it's an infringement of fundamental rights and covert operations on innocent groups should be banned.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

Director calls for change in how police surveillance is authorised

The Director of the civil liberties organisation 'Big Brother Watch' has called for a change in how police surveillance operations are authorised.

Nick Pickles wants the police to have to get a judge to authorise secret operations, instead of the current framework which allows forces to sign off their own decisions.

He was responding to the news that some Cambridge University students were allegedly subject of a secret undercover operation from Cambridgeshire Police designed to collect intelligence on student demonstrations and protest groups.

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Cambridge University students allegedly subject of secret police spy operation

A secret police operation to spy on students at Cambridge University has been uncovered. Credit: The Guardian

A secret police operation to spy on students at Cambridge University has been uncovered by the Guardian newspaper.

A covertly recorded film appears to show an unidentified Cambridgeshire officer attempting to recruit an activist in his 20s, to collect intelligence on student demonstrations and protest groups.

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