British police tried to turn political activists into informers


Rob Evans and Matthew Taylor
theguardian.com
Monday March 17, 2014

A young antiracism protester abandoned her campaigning work because she felt intimidated by a covert police officer who tried to persuade her to spy on her political colleagues, she has said.

The 23-year-old said the officer, working for a secretive police unit, had threatened to prosecute her if she told anyone about the attempt to enlist her as a clandestine informer.

The woman, who is a single mother, said the threat had left her feeling “vulnerable and intimidated”, worried that a prosecution would jeopardise her young son, her university place and her chances of working in the future. “If I was charged, I could lose everything,” she said.

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