‘No police misconduct’ over undercover officer

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Police have escaped misconduct proceedings for keeping an undercover officer secret during the collapsed prosecution of activists accused of plotting to shut a major power station.

“Collective failings” were to blame for Nottinghamshire Police not disclosing the role of undercover officer Pc Mark Kennedy, the Independent Police Complaints Commission ruled yesterday.

The police watchdog found that “the actions of individual police officers and members of police staff did not amount to misconduct” during the Ratcliffe-on-Soar case. Investigators found the sharing of sensitive information was badly handled by a number of parties.

The case sparked widespread concern after it emerged former Scotland Yard Pc Kennedy spent years posing as an activist known as Mark Stone.

The IPCC report supported a Crown Prosecution Service inquiry which said both senior lawyers and officers were to blame for not declaring surveillance evidence during attempts to convict protesters in the case.