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MPs: Undercover cops pose risk

An influential group of MPs have criticised the rules governing how undercover police officers operate, citing unacceptable sexual relationships and the "ghoulish" use of dead children's identities by cops.

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Undercover policing 'vital in fighting crime'

As the Home Affairs Select Committee acknowledges, undercover police operations are a vital element of the fight against organised crime and terrorism but it is crucial covert powers are used proportionately and that effective human rights safeguards are in place.

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act already provides strong safeguards but we recognise the system can be improved.

The Home Office is already working with the police and others to implement recommendations from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

– Home Office spokesman

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