29 Jul 2019

In 2015 the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced that there would be a judge-led inquiry into undercover policing.

This was in response to independent reviews carried out by Mark Ellison QC, which found “appalling practices in undercover policing”.

The reports set out a number of issues including:

  • failures to disclose material to be used in criminal proceedings;
  • deception of courts; and
  • concerns around the deployment of undercover police officers in Stephen Lawrence’s family.