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Met Reveals Identities Of Undercover Officers

Friday 15th August 2014

For the first time in its history the Metropolitan Police has confirmed the identities of two undercover officers.

Jim Boyling and Bob Lambert are accused of tricking women into having relationships with them after infilitrating a group of environmental activists between 1987 and 2007.

The High Court ruled last month the Met could not use its ''neither confirm nor deny'' policy to hide their identities, the judge has since issued an ultimatum and the officers' names have been revealed in court papers.

A spokesman for the Met said: "In compliance with the order of Mr Justice Bean the MPS has confirmed in its defence that Jim Boyling and Bob Lambert were undercover police officers."

The women claim to have had long term and intimate sexual relationships with four men who, unknown to them, were members of the Special Demonstration Squad.

They are among a number of people who want compensation for 'emotional trauma'.

Solicitor Harriet Wistrich of Birnberg Peirce and Partners said: ''The police have been on notice of this case for three and a half years and until this judgment, they have wilfully refused to engage in any meaningful way with the most serious allegations put to them.

''Their ongoing refusal in the face of an overwhelming body of evidence in the public domain has greatly aggravated the distress caused to my clients, who want answers from the police as well as justice and accountability."