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Police dead kids IDs apology

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has apologised to one family for using the name of a dead child for an undercover officer. The force revealed that 42 identities were used by police investigating political activists.

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Use of dead children's IDs 'could be more widespread'

Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon's report also revealed that the practice could have been more widely used, beyond Scotland Yard's Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU), by police officers and possibly the security services.

Use of dead children's IDs 'could be more widespread' Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

It said: "It is a fact that undercover officers working in the field of serious and organised crime also need to establish secure covert identities, create legends, obtain documentation and if necessary withstand invasive scrutiny by their targets.

"It would be a mistake to assume that the identities of dead children were used solely by the SDS and the NPOIU and the possibility is that the tactic was more widely used."

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