For­mer po­lice chief al­lowed un­der­cover cop to dupe woman into hav­ing sex

Daily Record - - NEWS - BY BILLY BRIGGS

SCOT­LAND’S for­mer po­lice chief per­son­ally signed off an un­der­cover op­er­a­tion which in­volved an of­fi­cer dup­ing a woman into sex, the Daily Record can re­veal.

Ex-chief con­sta­ble Phil Gorm­ley sanc­tioned deep cover in­fil­tra­tion by spy cop Mark Kennedy who de­ceived Kate Wil­son into an in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship.

Kate was an en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist tar­geted by a se­cret Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice squad called the Na­tional Pub­lic Or­der In­tel­li­gence Unit (NPOIU).

Kennedy spent seven years as a spy cop in­fil­trat­ing the lives of en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paign­ers.

He de­ceived at least three other women into re­la­tion­ships.

Kate had a two-year re­la­tion­ship with Kennedy and does not know why she was per­son­ally tar­geted.

She dis­cov­ered his true iden­tity in 2010 and is tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice and the Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs’ Coun­cil.

Kate says po­lice vi­o­lated her hu­man rights.

She has al­ready suc­cess­fully sued po­lice but is con­tin­u­ing her fight for the truth by tak­ing the case to the In­ves­ti­ga­tory Pow­ers Tri­bunal (IPT).

The IPT in­ves­ti­gate com­plaints that law agen­cies un­law­fully used covert tech­niques.

In a sub­mis­sion to the IPT, Kate said edited doc­u­ments from the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice re­vealed Gorm­ley per­son­ally signed off Kennedy’s un­der­cover in­ves­ti­ga­tion into her.

At the time, Gorm­ley was head of Spe­cial Branch and sec­re­tary of a counter ter­ror­ism com­mit­tee which over­saw Kennedy’s dis­graced and now dis­banded unit, the NPOIU.

Kate said she felt “dev­as­tated” af­ter find­ing Kennedy sys­tem­at­i­cally lied to her and she wants the truth re­vealed about which se­nior of­fi­cers sanc­tioned the spy cops’ ac­tiv­i­ties.

She said: “I want to know how high up in the po­lice the re­la­tion­ships of un­der­cover of­fi­cers with women they tar­geted were known and au­tho­rised.

“That is the rea­son why I con­tin­ued the case about my hu­man rights claim in the IPT.

“The sam­ple dis­clo­sure we have been given by the po­lice is dis­grace­ful for the amount of redac­tions. How­ever, the fact that Phil Gorm­ley is named as some­one who au­tho­rised Mark Kennedy’s de­ploy­ment tar­get­ing me is a first step, how­ever tiny, in get­ting the an­swers we have been fight­ing for. And will con­tinue to.”

While Gorm­ley was over­see­ing the NPOIU, it ran spy cops such as Kennedy, Lynn Wat­son and Marco Ja­cobs.

All three worked un­der­cover in Scot­land and in­fil­trated protests at the 2005 G8 Sum­mit at Gle­nea­gles.

Kennedy used the name Mark Stone in his in­fil­tra­tion of the cli­mate protest move­ment, and was known as “Flash” to cam­paign­ers.

Kate started her re­la­tion­ship with Kennedy in 2003 when she was in­volved in or­gan­is­ing protests against a sum­mit of G8 lead­ers in Scot­land.

The po­lice have ad­mit­ted Kennedy’s line man­agers knew he was hav­ing an in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship with Kate and al­lowed it to con­tinue.

Gorm­ley was ap­pointed chief con­sta­ble of Scot­land in 2015 but re­signed in Fe­bru­ary amid al­le­ga­tions of bul­ly­ing.

The Met said the Un­der­cover Polic­ing In­quiry would be prob­ing the ac­tions of the NPOIU.

The Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs’ Coun­cil de­clined to com­ment and Gorm­ley did not re­spond to our re­quest for a state­ment.

SCAN­DAL Phil Gorm­ley, main pic­ture, Kate Wil­son, above left, and spy cop Mark Kennedy DUPED Kate dis­cov­ered that boyfriend Mark Kennedy was ac­tu­ally an un­der­cover cop

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