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Account for undercover sex claims, Met Police told

The Met Police has been criticised for its "neither confirm nor deny policy". Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

A group of women who claim they were tricked into entering sexual relationships with undercover police have urged the Metropolitan Police to offer a defence in court.

The women are pushing for compensation over emotional trauma allegedly caused by officers infiltrating environmental activist groups, and their lawyer today told the High Court the Met has offered "no defence whatsoever" to any of the claims.

The allegations arise from long-term and intimate relationships with four men who - unknown to them - were covertly working for the force between 1987 and 2007.

The Met said it cannot challenge the claims due to its policy of "neither confirm nor deny" (NCND) when it comes to the identity of undercover officers.

At the start of a two-day hearing, Phillipa Kaufmann QC told Mr Justice Bean the Met should file a full defence which did not rely on NCND and, if it failed to comply, its defence should be struck out and judgment entered for the claimants.