Agreement signed to assist undercover investigations

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) to ensure consistent and thorough handling of cases involving undercover officers where there may be a criminal prosecution has been signed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

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Police interview suspects without legal advice at home

It may be attractive to a person anxious of attending a police station to agree to an interview being conducted at their home. At the police station, when cautioned before an interview, a suspect has to be told of his right to consult a lawyer, whether under arrest or if attending as a volunteer (PACE code C paragraph 3.21).

However, concerns are now being raised about police circumventing PACE and interviewing suspects at home without them having access to legal advice.

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The experiences of young victims & witnesses

Young victims and witnesses are being "left to flounder" in the criminal justice system, a report has found.

Vulnerable under-18s are not given the opportunity to give evidence by videolink or in written statements, and are told not to speak frankly to counsellors, according to inspectors.

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Undercover Cop defied 'bosses'.

An undercover policeman whose actions led to the collapse of a trial of environmental protesters "defied" management instructions, a report says.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) reviewed the activities of Mark Kennedy and other undercover officers.

 

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