Significant progress has been made through the courageous legal battles by the women affected by undercover policing.


The eight women case can be considered won. In November 1015, the Metropolitan Police gave a full apology, conceding that they had abused the women’s human rights, as part of a settlement. This apology has since been offered to other people affected by relationships with undercover policing

Met withdraw defence

In January 2016, the police withdrew their defence against Kate Wilson, the last woman taking legal action, asking for the judgment to be entered against them in respect of the claims for  deceit, assault/battery, misfeasance in public office and negligence.

Investigations into what has happened

The Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing came about partly because of the public outrage at undercover officers deceiving women into intimate relationships. The Inquiry started in July 2015.

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