Secret unit held information on 18 campaigns

Undercover Hackersource: The Guardian 
published: 24 July 2014

Information on 18 justice campaigns for murder victims and those who died following police contact was held by a secret Scotland Yard unit, a report has found.

The Derbyshire chief constable, Mick Creedon, said the campaigns dated between 1970 and 2005 and officers were in the process of telling the families concerned.

In his latest report on the conduct of undercover officers from Scotland Yard’s Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), Operation Herne, he said: “Operation Herne has identified emerging evidence that in addition to the Stephen Lawrence campaign, a number of other justice campaigns have been mentioned within SDS records. Seventeen such justice campaigns have been identified so far.

“These range between 1970 and 2005, and are as a result of deaths in police custody, following police contact and the victims of murders”.

“It is the intention of Chief Constable Creedon and Operation Herne to inform all of the families involved and share, where possible, the knowledge and information held.”

Relatives of the Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes are already considering legal action against Scotland Yard after they were told that references to their justice campaign were found in the secret records.

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