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There could be more dead children's identities used by undercover officers, Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon said today, after it was revealed 42 dead children's identities had been taken.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said he "apologises for the shock and offence" the undercover policing tactics of using dead children's names, and that this had been passed on to one family who discovered that their child's identity had been used.
Jules Carey, solicitor for Barbara Shaw who fears that her son Rod Richardson's name was used, said she feels her concerns have been "swept under the carpet".
Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon's report also revealed that the practice could have been more widely used, beyond Scotland Yard's Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU), by police officers and possibly the security services.
It said: "It is a fact that undercover officers working in the field of serious and organised crime also need to establish secure covert identities, create legends, obtain documentation and if necessary withstand invasive scrutiny by their targets.
"It would be a mistake to assume that the identities of dead children were used solely by the SDS and the NPOIU and the possibility is that the tactic was more widely used."
The names of 42 dead children were used by undercover officers to create fake identities but their families have not been told because of the risk to police, a report said today.
Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon, who is leading an investigation into the activities of police moles, said that, while the relatives deserve an apology, revealing the names used "would and could put undercover officers at risk".
The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has apologised to one family for using the name of a dead child for an undercover officer.