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Cover names

The table immediately below sets out details of the Special Demonstration Squad[1] officers whose cover names have been confirmed by the Inquiry. It will be updated as further details can be published.

The details given of groups/areas of deployment are provisional, and are provided to enable members of the public to identify whether they may have known officers who were deployed undercover and to prevent cases of mistaken identity. They are not intended to be a comprehensive list of groups with which the officer may have interacted, and do not constitute a factual finding by the Chairman that any group was or was not targeted. These are matters which remain under investigation.

As the former Chairman said in his opening remarks, all those with relevant evidence to give about the deployment of any of these officers are encouraged to contact the Inquiry in confidence. If you had contact with any of the following undercover police officers whilst they were using the cover names set out below then we would like to hear from you. Please see the contacts page for ways to get in touch with the Inquiry in confidence.

The second table below lists those officers whose cover names cannot be published because they are not known. The third table lists those officers whose cover names are restricted, and includes a link to the ruling granting a restriction order.

For further information on applications for anonymity by former members of the Special Demonstration Squad, including any applications for restriction orders made by the officers listed below, please see the Special Demonstration Squad anonymity applications page.

[1]References to the Special Demonstration Squad should be taken to include the Special Operations Squad, the Special Demonstration Squad and the Special Duties Section.

Table One: Where the cover name has been (or will be) released

Cover nameHerne nominalGroups/areas of deploymentDates active
"Jaqueline Anderson"HN 77Reclaim the Streets;
Earth First!;
WOMBLES
2000 - 2005
"John Barker"HN 5London Greenpeace;
Animal Liberation Front
1987 - 1991
"Bill Biggs" (dec'd)HN 356 / HN124Socialist Workers Party1977 - 1982
"Jason Bishop"HN 3Reclaim the Streets;
Earth First!;
Disarm DSEi
1998 - 2006
"Mike Blake"HN 11South London Animal Movement1983 - 1987
"Alan Bond"HN 67Socialist Workers Party1981 - 1986
"Kathryn Lesley (‘Lee’) Bonser"HN 33Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp;
Socialist Workers Party
1983 - 1987
"Ian Cameron"HN 344Anti-Internment League;
Northern Minorities Defence Force
1971 - 1972
"Mark Cassidy"HN 15Colin Roach Centre;
Anti-Fascist Action;
Independent Working Class Association;
Republican Forum;
Red Action
1995 - 2000
"Colin Clark"HN 80Socialist Workers Party;
Anti-Nazi League
1977 - 1982
"John Clinton"HN 343International Socialists 1971 - 1974
"Graham Coates"HN 304International Socialists/Socialist Workers Party;
Zero Collective;
Anarchy Collective;
Libertarian Anarchist Group
1976 - 1979
"Peter Collins"HN 303Workers Revolutionary Party1973 - 1977
"Phil Cooper"HN 155Socialist Workers Party1979/80 - 1983
"Andy Davey"HN 2Animal Liberation Front;
Animal Liberation Front Support Group;
London Boots Action Group/London Animal Action;
London Animal Rights Coalition;
Brixton Hunt Saboteurs
1991 - 1995
"Kevin Douglas"HN 25Troops Out Movement1987 - 1991
"Douglas Edwards"HN 326Anarchist groups;
Independent Labour Party;
Tri-Continental;
Dambusters Mobilising Committee
1968 - 1971
"Dick Epps"HN 336International Marxist Group;
Vietnam Solidarity Campaign
1969 - 1972
"Dave Evans"HN 60Socialist Workers Party;
London Animal Action;
Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty
1998 - 2005
"Don de Freitas"HN 330Vietnam Solidarity Campaign1968
"Peter Fredericks"HN 345Black Power movement;
Operation Omega;
Young Haganah
1971
"Rick Gibson" (dec’d)HN 297Troops Out Movement;
Big Flame
1974 - 1976
"Stewart Goodman"HN 339Anti-Apartheid Movement;
International Socialists
1970 – 1971
"John Graham"HN 329Vietnam Solidarity Campaign;
Revolutionary Socialist
Students Federation
1968 - 1969
"Christine Green"HN 26Animal Liberation Front;
London Animal Action;
West London Hunt Saboteurs
1994 - 1999
"Nicholas Green" (dec'd)HN 82Socialist Workers Party;
Red Action
1982 - 1986
"David Hagan"HN 81Socialist Workers Party;
Class War;
Movement Against the Monarchy;
Movement for Justice
1996 - 2001
"Roger Harris"HN 200Socialist Workers Party1974 - 1977
"Mike Hartley" (dec'd)HN 12Revolutionary Communist Group;
Socialist Workers Party
1982 - 1985
"Michael James"HN 96Socialist Workers Party;
Troops Out Movement
1978 - 1983
"Peter Johnson"
"Peter Daley"
"Peter Black"
HN 43Youth against Racism in Europe;
Militant/the Socialist Party
1993 - 1997
"John Kerry"HN 65Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament1980 - 1984
"Mark Kerry"HN 90Socialist Workers Party;
City of London Anti-Apartheid Group
1988 - 1992
"William Paul Lewis"HN 321International Marxist Group;
Vietnam Solidarity Campaign
1968 - 1969
"Desmond Loader" / "Barry Loader" (dec'd)HN 13Communist Party of England (Marxist-Leninist)1975 - 1978
"Sean Lynch" (dec'd)HN 68Vietnam Solidarity Campaign;
Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association;
Irish Civil Rights Solidarity Campaign;
Sinn Féin (London)
1968 - 1974
"Ross 'RossCo' MacInnes"HN 79United British Alliance2007
"Vince Miller"HN 354Socialist Workers Party1976 - 1979
"Barry Morris"HN 218Vietnam Solidarity Campaign1968
"Carlo Neri"HN 104Socialist Party;
No Platform/Antifa
2000 - 2006
"Alan 'Nick' Nicholson"HN 56British National Party1990 - 1991
"Alan Nixon"HN 340International Marxist Group;
Irish Solidarity Campaign
1969 - 1972
"Darren Prowse"HN 44[Tasked to infiltrate the British National Party]2007
"Matt Rayner"HN 1London Boots Action Group/London Animal Action;
Animal Liberation Front;
West London Hunt Saboteurs
1991 - 1996
"Gary Roberts"HN 353International Socialists/ Socialist Workers Party;
International Marxist Group
1974 - 1978
"David Robertson"HN 45Vietnam Solidarity Campaign;
Banner Books
1970 - 1973
"Bob Robinson"HN 10London Greenpeace;
Animal Liberation Front
1984 - 1989
"Michael Scott"HN 298Young Liberals;
Anti-Apartheid Movement;
Workers Revolutionary Party
1971 - 1976
"Malcolm Shearing"HN 19Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist);
Revolutionary Communist Party
1981 - 1985
"Jeff Slater"HN 351International Socialists1974 - 1975
"Alex Sloan"*HN 347Irish National Liberation Solidarity Front1971
"Timothy Spence"HN 88Stoke Newington and Hackney Defence Campaign;
Hackney Campaign Against the Police Bill
1983 - 1987
“James Straven”
“Kevin Crossland”**
HN 16Animal Liberation Front;
Brixton and Croydon Hunt Saboteurs
1997 - 2002
"Bob Stubbs"HN 301International Socialists/Socialist Workers party1971 - 1976
"Jim Sutton"HN 14Reclaim the Streets;
Earth First!;
Essex Hunt Saboteurs
1995 - 2000
"Roger Thorley"HN 85Friends of Freedom Press Ltd;
anarchist groups
1979 - 1984
"Barry Tompkins"HN 106Spartacist League of Britain1979 - 1983
"Simon Wellings"HN 118Globalise Resistance;
Socialist Worker Party;
Dissent!
2001 - 2007
"Margaret White"HN 334Vietnam Solidarity Campaign1968
"Tony Williams"HN 20Revolutionary Communist Tendency;
Direct Action Movement
1978 - 1982
[To be published]HN 66--
[To be published]HN 78--
[To be published]
(dec’d)
HN 89--
[To be published]HN 95--
[To be published]HN 122--
[To be published]HN 296--

*The table above previously indicated that HN347 was in the field between 1971 and 1973. The table was updated on 27 July 2018 to indicate that HN347 only worked undercover in 1971, in light of further investigation.

**The Inquiry is investigating the extent to which this name was used, either as a cover identity or for any other purpose.

 

Table Two: Where the cover name is not known

Herne nominalDetailsDates active
HN 294 (dec’d)No cover name is known;
real name restricted
1968 - 1969
HN 300No cover name is known;
Chairman is minded to restrict the real name
1974 - 1977
HN 322No cover name is known;
real name will be restricted
1968
HN 323 (dec'd)No cover name is known;
real name will be published
HN 327 (dec'd)No cover name is known;
real name will be published
HN 331 (dec'd)No cover name is known;
Chairman is minded to restrict the real name
1968 & 1969
HN 335 (dec'd)No cover name is known;
real name will be published
HN 338 (dec'd)No cover name is known;
Chairman is minded to restrict the real name
1970 and/or 1971
HN 346 (dec'd)No cover name is known;
real name will be published
HN 348No full cover name is known (believed to be 'Sandra');
Chairman is minded to restrict the real name
1972-1973

 

Table Three: Where the cover name is (or will be) restricted

Herne
nominal
DetailsDates active
HN 4Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
Late 1980s and early 1990s
HN 6Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling
dated 30 Jul 2018
1990s
HN 7Real and cover name restricted;
Ruling dated 3 Aug 2017;
Order dated 4 Sep 2017
[Not published]
HN 8Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
Late 1980s and early 1990s
HN 9Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
1980s
HN 17Real and cover name will be restricted;
Ruling dated 28 Mar 2018
Last 15 years of the existence of the SDS
HN 21Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
Late 1970s and early 1980s
HN 23Real and cover name will be restricted;
Ruling dated 20 Feb 2018
1990s
HN 27Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
1990s
HN 28Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
Last 15 years of the existence of the SDS
HN 40Real and cover name will be restricted;
Ruling dated 20 Feb 2018
Last 10 years of the existence of the SDS
HN 41Real and cover name will be restricted;
Ruling dated 28 Mar 2018
1970s and 1980s
HN 53Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
1980s
HN 58Real and cover name will be restricted;
Ruling dated 20 Feb 2018
1997 - 2001
HN 64Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 28 Mar 2018
1990s
HN 71Real and cover name will be restricted;
Ruling dated 28 Mar 2018
1990s and 2000s
HN 72Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
1980s
HN 76Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
Last 15 years of the existence of the SDS
HN 83Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 15 May 2018
Mid-1980s
HN 86Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
Late 1970s and early 1980s
HN 87Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
[Not published]
HN 91Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
Last period of existence of the SDS
HN 97Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
1980s
HN 101Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
1990s (Socialist Workers Party)
HN 102Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
1980s (anarchist groups)
HN 109Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 28 Mar 2018
[Not published]
HN 112Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
Last year of existence of the SDS
HN 123Real and cover name restricted;
Ruling dated 5 Dec 2017;
Order dated 8 Dec 2017
1990s
HN 125Real and cover name will be restricted;
Ruling dated 28 Mar 2018
1980s
HN 241Real and cover name will be restricted;
Ruling dated 20 Feb 2018
1970s
HN 302Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 15 May 2018
1970s
HN 333Real and cover name restricted;
Ruling dated 5 Dec 2017;
Order dated 8 Dec 2017
1968 - 1969
HN 337Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 28 Mar 2018
1970s
HN 341Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 28 Mar 2018
1970s
HN 349Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 15 May 2018
Early 1970s
(anarchist groups)
HN 355Real and cover names will be restricted;
Ruling dated 30 Jul 2018
Late 1970s and early 1980s (Maoist groups)

Last Modified: September 20, 2018 at 3:38 pm