On the 12th Day of Christmas…

Special branch officers embedded themselves in women’s lives for months and years. They spent birthdays, family celebrations and Christmases with them, infiltrating their most private spaces.


PSOOL’s version of the 12 Days of Christmas will be posted on our social media feeds during the holiday period. They are designed to act as a reminder of how these abusive deployments functioned. As the women were receiving tokens of these men’s affections, believing them to be from their loved ones, the reality was they were spying on them and reporting their findings to their superiors. 

Every ‘gift’ referenced in these posts was given by one of the spycops to one of the women.

Here is the full version:

On the twelfth day of Christmas my #spycop sent to me
Complex  PTSD
A cold frame for our seedlings
Cover officers monitoring 
Pair of combat trousers
Book by Primo Levi                                                              
Several sob stories                                                     
Six friends under surveillance                                                
Home made nut roast                                                        
Additions to my file                                                             
Three  Panettone                                                                       
Two Cuban drums                                                                
And an impostor with a fake ID.

Another Judicial Review hearing next week


An important Judicial Review hearing to consider the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute former undercover police officer Jim Boyling in respect of his deceitful sexual relationship with an environmental activist will be heard on 13th and 14th November in the Royal Courts of Justice.

The claimant, granted anonymity by the Undercover Policing Inquiry, goes under the pseudonym of ‘Monica’ and was deceived into a relationship by Boyling in 1997.

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Legal challenge vs the Home Secretary refused permission

Today, three victims of undercover policing were dismayed to learn that that they have been denied permission to proceed with their Judicial Review against the Home Secretary’s decision not to appoint additional panel members to sit alongside Sir John Mitting in the first stages of the Undercover Policing Inquiry.i

Handing down judgement this morning, Mr Justice Supperstone ruled that there had been no material developments which required the Home Secretary to reconsider the decision.

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A State Of Lies – by Jennifer Francis

Today, another woman has called out the Metropolitan police for their exploitative actions against women affected by undercover policemen.

This time it’s Jennifer Francis, the ex-wife of undercover officer Peter Francis.

In this article Jennifer describes how the police viewed her as being ‘usable, abusable and disposable’; as ‘collateral damage’. The words echo those expressed by many of us deceived by undercover officers – many operating in the same unit as Jennifer’s ex-husband –  in their fake identities.

In solidarity with Jennifer Francis, PSOOL publishes her poem: a personal response that illustrates the painful clashing of private and public lives.

We share an experience of being manipulated, betrayed and abused by the state and will continue to fight for truth and justice together.

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Police fail to close down undercover relationship case following new revelations

Today in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) [1], the police failed in their attempt to close down Kate Wilson’s [2] human rights claim [3] about secret political policing and her relationship with the undercover officer, Mark Kennedy.

This was the police’s fourth failed application to limit the extent of the IPT investigation. After seven years of litigation, they still haven’t answered the detailed claims made.

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