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Cambridge students 'spied on'

Police officers tried to spy on students at Cambridge University, according to a report in the Guardian. Footage obtained by the newspaper appears to show an officer trying to persuade an activist to become an informant in return for money.

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Cambridge Students' Union 'alarmed' at spy claims

The university's students' union is calling on the government to look at the wider issue of surveillance measures in the UK Credit: PA

Cambridge University's Students' Union said it is "alarmed" by claims that police 'tried to spy' on its members.

The Guardian newspaper has obtained a video of an officer trying to recruit an informant to target protest groups.

The Students' Union said it "condemned" the action and wants the government to look at how UK security forces use surveillance.

The National Union of Students (NUS) described it as "an absolute scandal".

The NUS said it undermines students' right to protest and demands to know just how widespread the practice is.

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