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Lawyers acting on behalf of undercover police officers have formally asked the Pitchford Inquiry to agree that should their clients’ anonymity be breached or their personal details be revealed at the inquiry then prosecutions should follow. (The above image shows a heading of their joint submission to the Inquiry.) Any breaches of an order could incur charges of contempt of court, leading to possible imprisonment, fines or seizure of assets. Next week the Inquiry will take further submissions before a final decision on whether these threats by the police will be agreed to. The Inquiry will also decide on media reporting restrictions and whether hearings are to be open or closed to both the public and non-state core participants. In short, the police are taking no prisoners: they will do everything in their power to protect all UCOs (undercover officers) and the UCO culture.

Next week’s hearings at the…

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