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Activist was tailed to NI by police 'spy', court is told

By Alan Erwin

Published 28/10/2016

Operative: Mark Kennedy
Operative: Mark Kennedy

An anti-globalisation activist was followed to Northern Ireland by an undercover police officer, the High Court has heard.

Counsel for Jason Kirkpatrick claimed further incidents of spying took place as he launched a legal bid to have a public inquiry extended beyond England and Wales.

A probe is examining allegations of wrongdoing by officers attached to the Metropolitan Police and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit. Mr Kirkpatrick wants it extended to Northern Ireland.

Undercover operatives were deployed to infiltrate alternative movements, from anarchists to environmental demonstrators. An officer at the centre of the controversy, Mark Kennedy, is alleged to have operated in Northern Ireland in 2005.

Mr Kirkpatrick is seeking to judicially review the Home Secretary for refusing to extend the inquiry's scope. At a brief hearing in Belfast yesterday, barrister Jude Bunting said his client "was followed to Northern Ireland on a number of occasions by an undercover police officer".

Mr Justice Maguire adjourned the case to a later date.

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