Paddy McGuffin
Morning Star
January 12, 2011

An undercover officer’s secret role goading peaceful climate protesters to break the law was decried as a “step towards a police state” by Green MP Caroline Lucas yesterday.

Ms Lucas’s comment followed the collapse of the trial of six people accused of trying to shut down Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in 2009 – amid claims that a policeman who infiltrated their group had offered to give evidence on their behalf.

The case was due to be heard at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday, but was abandoned after the officer, named as PC Mark Kennedy, apparently contacted the defence team to say he would be prepared to help.

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