The Guardian view on police and child spies: ends don’t always justify the means

Undercover Spy Hidingsource: The Guardian
published: 20 July 2018

Downing Street tells us that child spies are used very rarely by British police and intelligence agencies, and only when it is judged really vital. How reassuring. We would not know they were being used at all were it not for government plans to relax the controls on their use.

The House of Lords committee on secondary legislation has revealed that children are being used in covert operations against terrorists, gangs and drug dealers, and child sexual exploitation (and in doing so, incidentally, demonstrated parliament at its best and most useful, in a week where it has often looked at its worst).

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Officers accused of spying on sister of man who died in custody cleared

Janet, sister of Christopher Alder
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source: The Guardian
published: 1 March 2018

Two police officers accused of spying on the sister of a former paratrooper who was unlawfully killed in police custody have been cleared by a disciplinary panel.

The two officers, who were given anonymity, had been accused of running an unauthorised and intrusive surveillance operation against Janet Alder during an inquest into the death of her brother Christopher.

The pair were alleged to have followed Alder and her barrister Leslie Thomas “without appropriate authorisation and justification” to a hotel and car park and attempted to listen in to their private and legally protected conversations.

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Humberside Police officers face misconduct hearings over surveillance

Janet Alder cry for justice
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source: BBC News
published: 1 November 2017

Two police officers are to face gross misconduct hearings after it was found surveillance was carried out on the sister of a man who died in custody.

Former paratrooper Christopher Alder, 37, died in Hull in 1998. An inquest found he died unlawfully. His sister, Janet Alder, was placed under surveillance in 2000.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it “found evidence of a case to answer” for two Humberside Police detective sergeants.

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