The Case: The Officers

This case concerns the deployments of five of the officers who infiltrated social and environmental justice campaigns:

Bob Lambert
John Dines
Mark Jenner
Jim Boyling
Mark Kennedy

The deployments of these 5 officers span well over 20 years, from Bob Lambert’s infiltration of several groups in the 1980s up to the unmasking of Mark Kennedy in October 2010. The time span of the abuse, and the high number of officers involved (including further officers), completely undermines any suggestion that this was a matter of individual police officers ‘going rogue’.

There are no circumstances in which it would be acceptable for an undercover police officer to engage in intimate relationships with either targets or with members of the public under the guise of their undercover identity.
– from Where We Stand

While the officers are individually guilty of immoral conduct, the command structures (and those who head them) must take responsibility for the abuse committed by their officers. At best, these command structures turned a blind eye, and at worst, they instigated and perpetuated an institutional prejudice against women and against social and environmental justice campaigners, effectively orchestrating and allowing the abuse.
> Read more: The Command Structures

It’s important to understand that:

  • there are more officers involved than the five which relate to this case;

and that

  • other legal cases being brought by other groups or individuals may also concern the above officers.

> Read more: Further officers  / Other cases, other lives


One of the key reasons the eight women are bringing the case is to expose what has happened, with the aim of preventing it happening to anyone else in the future. Our current assumption is that there are still undercover officers who are currently in intimate relationships with members of the public. There has not, to date, been a statement or investigation which is full or open enough to give sufficient reassurance that this practice has ended.

We call for a clear and unambiguous statement that the abuse has ceased; the past to be thoroughly and openly investigated; and action and change to prevent these human rights abuses from ever happening again.
– from Where We Stand

If you have information

If you have information about undercover police officers that you think might be useful to this case, please contact the solicitors for this case, Birnberg Peirce and partners by emailing Cassie Laver – (removing # and # which are there to prevent spam).

External links about the officers

The following external links give further information about each of the officers linked to this case:

Bob Lambert – “Bob Robinson”

John Dines – “John Barker”

Mark Jenner – “Mark Cassidy”

Jim Boyling – “Jim Sutton”

Mark Kennedy – “Mark Stone”

Read more:
> The Case – Our Stories
> The Case – The Command Structures
> The Case > Beyond this case – Further officers
> The Case > Beyond this case – Issues and corruption