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Police investigating claims officers used dead kids' IDs

Scotland Yard tonight said the practice was not "currently" authorised. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

Scotland Yard has begun an investigation into claims its officers used the identities of dead children and issued fake passports in their names to go undercover.

A Guardian report alleges that the Metropolitan police authorised the creation of the aliases for covert officers infiltrating protest groups, without consulting or informing the children's parents.

The newspaper claims generations of officers went through national birth and death records, over three decades, in search of suitable matches to generate official documents like driving licences and national insurance numbers.

Scotland Yard tonight said the practice was not "currently" authorised and confirmed it was probing "past arrangements for undercover identities used by SDS (Special Demonstration Squad) officers".


Evidence collected after Tasering at Buckingham Palace

Tourists watched on while evidence was collected after a man was Tasered outside Buckingham Palace. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The suspect, subdued by police with Taser guns, was in possession of two knives. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Crime scene officers documented evidence between the palace and the Queen Victoria Memorial. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Police: Man Tasered after 'acting aggresively'

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said:

It was approximately 11.50. A man was seen outside the centre gate in possession of two knives.

He was not making threats to members of the public but he was challenged by police.

He acted aggressively and a Taser was discharged.

He is thought to be in his fifties. He was arrested on suspicion of affray and has been taken to a central London police station.


Two knives at scene where man was Tasered

A scene was cordoned off with police tape 30 metres from the palace gates this morning and an ambulance was parked to the side of the building.

Inside the cordoned-off area lay two knives with six-inch blades and a pair of Nike high top trainers.

Taser wire also lay on the floor with four plastic tubes of two different sizes, three large ones and a small one.

A hat and a black carrier bag containing paper material with a handkerchief beside it also lay on the ground.

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