Spycops in Hackney & Stoke Newington. New Evidence

In Uncategorized on April 25, 2021 by kmflett

Spycops in Hackney. New Evidence

The existence of Spycops- undercover police officers who report on and infiltrate left-wing, radical and anti-racist organisations has been happening since at least the 1970s in north-east London. From time to time the role of particular individuals is exposed.

The latest round of hearings in the long running (& on its current timescales never ending) Spycops Inquiry in London which is covering the period of the 1970s and early 1980s has posted on it’s a website a mass of documentation.

One report relates to a meeting on 24th August 1983 between an unnamed officer and DCI David Short of the SDS (Special Demonstration Squad):

The meeting discussed a replacement for Spycop HCN108 who was to be Spycop HCN88 because of what it describes as ‘continuing problems’ in Hackney and Stoke Newington.

Interest was expressed in 50 Rectory Rd N16 the HQ of the Hackney Community Relations Executive.

According to the report it had ‘let rooms to the subversively controlled Campaign Against the Police Bill’.

As concerning to the officers it noted ‘other coloured groups also meet at the same address’

It was agreed according to the report that Spycop HN88 should find somewhere to live in Stoke Newington and then see ‘whatever subversive undercurrent he could detect’. They’d see how HN88 was getting on at the end of the year.

In short a Spycop was looking to report on and perhaps infiltrate perfectly legal campaign groups and the use of the term ‘coloured’ in the report suggests a high probability of institutional racist intent.

Worth keeping in mind that all this was being paid for by public funds but the activity was certainly unaccountable to the public.

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