Lord Macdonald: Police have 'lost their moral compass'

The former Director of Public Prosecutions said police appeared to have "completely lost their moral compass" after a report emerged about officers using the IDs of dead children.

Lord Macdonald, who has called for a pubic inquiry, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme:

How are you supposed to maintain a level of fair and objective evidence-gathering if you are ... using a dead child's identity?

We don't know quite how these units were operating in days gone by. It looks as though they've effectively gone rogue.

What we really need is a public inquiry into undercover policing. This is a deeply ethical issue which the police have to grapple with.

– Lord Macdonald

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Police 'used dead children's IDs'

Undercover police officers working for Britain's largest force used the identities of dead children and issued fake passports in their names, it was reported.