Cambridge students 'spied on'

Police officers tried to spy on students at Cambridge University, according to a report in the Guardian. Footage obtained by the newspaper appears to show an officer trying to persuade an activist to become an informant in return for money.

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Cambridge Students' Union 'alarmed' at spy claims

The university's students' union is calling on the government to look at the wider issue of surveillance measures in the UK Credit: PA

Cambridge University's Students' Union said it is "alarmed" by claims that police 'tried to spy' on its members.

The Guardian newspaper has obtained a video of an officer trying to recruit an informant to target protest groups.

The Students' Union said it "condemned" the action and wants the government to look at how UK security forces use surveillance.

The National Union of Students (NUS) described it as "an absolute scandal".

The NUS said it undermines students' right to protest and demands to know just how widespread the practice is.

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Police 'tried to spy' on Cambridge students

Cambridge students were said to be targeted by police looking to infiltrate protest groups Credit: Reuters

The Guardian claims police officers tried to spy on students at Cambridge University.

Footage obtained by the newspaper appears to show an officer trying to persuade an activist to become an informant in return for money.

The officer wanted details on students who may support groups such as the English Defence League Credit: Reuters

The officer asks for information on potential supporters of groups including UK Uncut, the English Defence League, Unite Against Fascism and anti-fracking demonstrators.

He requested names of students going to protests and lists of the vehicles they were using.

The footage was obtained by the Guardian newspaper which is not revealing the name of the officer involved Credit: Reuters

But the would-be informant was secretly filming the meeting to expose what was going on.

Cambridge University declined to comment, saying it's a police matter.

A spokesman for the county's police force said:

"Officers use covert tactics to gather intelligence, in accordance with the law, to assist in the prevention and detection of criminal activity."

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