MPs condemn 'ghoulish' use of dead childrens' identities

An interim report by MPs has described the practice of undercover police "borrowing" the identities of dead children "ghoulish and disrespectful".

The practice was uncovered in an investigation by the Guardian which accused the Metropolitan Police of using the identities of an estimated 80 children over three decades.

It found that fake identity records such as passports, driving licences and national insurance numbers had been issued using the details of the dead children.

Today's report calls for the families of the children involved to be given an "unambiguous apology" from the forces involved.


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.