Undercover reveals the truth about secret police operations - the emotional turmoil, the psychological challenges and the human cost of a lifetime of deception - and asks whether such tactics can ever be justified.
Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police
Rob Evans has been a reporter for the Guardian since With a colleague Paul Lewis, he wrote a book, Undercover , about the infiltration of undercover police officers into political groups over the past 40 years. He is also the author of Gassed: British chemical warfare experiments on humans at Porton Down House of Stratus, Undercover will be available on day from Newham Bookshop. Add to Calendar.
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Event description. Description Investigative journalist Rob Evans discusses the secret group of police spies and the uncovering of forty years of state espionage monitoring British protest groups. Start 3pm.
Read more Read less. Refunds up to 1 day before event. Map and Directions View Map. View Details. Follow this organiser to stay informed on future events. While undercover, he lived alone in Highbury, drove a van and got a day job working in a school for children with special needs. He spent the rest of his time gathering intelligence on anti-racist groups. Spying on campaigners across Europe, he became so good at his job that he even caught out an unconvincing MI5 agent.
It is thanks to Francis — who initially gave interviews to Evans and Lewis as an anonymous whistleblower, but has since revealed his identity — that the way the SDS operated is now known in some detail. The trick was to find a child born around the same time, with the same first name as the officer, so that he could carry on using it.
The idea was to make his real identity harder to track. When an officer had prepared his legend, he exchanged his warrant cards for identity papers — driving licence, birth certificate, passport, even a fake criminal record on the police database, where the role required it.
Once in the field, handlers aside, they were on their own. Twice a week they would meet the other SDS officers in a safehouse, where they remained in character, exchanging stories, smoking roll-ups, drinking cans of lager. Of all the undercover police whose secret lives have been exposed, none lived up to the SDS motto quite so completely as Bob Lambert. He was famous within SDS ranks long before the details of his tour were made public — by the activists whose lives Lambert temporarily shared.
He got a girlfriend, went to Glastonbury and became involved in the squatting and free party scene, campaigning with animal rights groups and London Greenpeace. He had a hand in writing the leaflet that formed the basis of the McLibel case in the s, produced propaganda for the Animal Liberation Front and is alleged to have been one of three activists who planted incendiary devices at branches of Debenhams in Luton, Romford and Harrow in The plan was to place the devices during the day, timed so that they would go off in the middle of the night, causing just enough of a fire to set off the sprinklers, flood the stores and ruin the fur stocks.
In the event, rather more damage was caused to the stores in Luton and Harrow than they intended. The other two men were convicted of arson and given custodial sentences; Lambert mysteriously walked away. Special Branch officers have said that Lambert must have acted alone; that even if the allegations are true, it is inconceivable that he had permission to do what he did. Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act of , covert policing requires advance authorisation from senior officers.
In the s the rules were more vague. Arson is a different matter. Lambert led two lives. In one, he was a policeman with a wife and children in suburban Herefordshire. In the other, he was an activist in London involved in multiple long-term sexual relationships. Lambert met Charlotte in the first year of his deployment; their relationship gave him the cover he needed to gain the trust of his target groups. He disappeared when it was time to sign the birth register. Each time Lambert let Charlotte down. In May , just before the Debenhams action, he met Karen.
It was standard SDS practice for officers to begin by infiltrating less radical groups in order to get to their real targets. His purpose with her was different.
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And then he vanished. Charlotte searched for him for years, enlisting the help of social services and the Child Support Agency. Instead, his time in the field was treated as a model for others to follow; he took on the job of monitoring future officers and made sure they did as he would have done. Since leaving the police in , he has been teaching terrorism studies at St Andrews and has become known as a campaigner against racism and Islamophobia.
It is a strikingly public life for a man with so much to hide.
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The experiences of Karen and Charlotte were not exceptional. Of the ten undercover operatives identified so far, nine had sex with their targets. Steel found the death certificate of the child whose identity Dines had stolen, discovered that he was married and that he had been a police officer.
Perhaps the most disturbing story is that of Laura, whose partner, Jim Boyling, infiltrated the environmental movement in the s. When he disappeared, she believed he had gone to South Africa, and followed him there. The fruitless search drained her savings and affected her health.
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Back in London and weighing less than seven stone, she spent the next few months in and out of hostels. After a series of confessions and promises — that he would leave the police, that they would have a new life — she stayed with him. List this Seller's Books. Payment Methods accepted by seller. Stock Image.
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