Activist deceived into relationship with undercover officer wins landmark human rights case against Met Police | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Activist deceived into relationship with undercover officer wins landmark human rights case against Met Police

An environmental activist who was duped into an almost two-year relationship with an undercover cop has won a landmark case against the Metropolitan Police for several breaches of her human rights and privacy.

Kate Wilson began a relationship with Mark Stone after they met in 2003 and had a “whirlwind romance” with him until they went their separate ways in 2005. Half a decade later, however, she found out that her former lover was actually a married police officer called Mark Kennedy, who had been instructed to snoop on activists under the Met’s National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU).

In a ruling on Thursday, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal said the Met’s claims that undercover officers knew intimate relationships were prohibited were “materially undermined by the sheer frequency” with which Kennedy and other officers engaged in such action without consequence.

The tribunal stated it was “driven to the conclusion that either senior officers were quite extraordinarily naive, totally unquestioning or chose to turn a blind eye to conduct which was, certainly in the case of [Kennedy], useful to the operation.”

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