United Kingdom

Undercover London Police Used Names of Dead Children as Aliases

Families not contacted or informed

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The use of dead children's identities by Scotland Yard undercover police officers was "common practice", a chief constable investigating the matter has found.

In a letter to MPs, Mick Creedon, who is leading Operation Herne, said no families of children whose identities were used had been contacted and informed.

Mr Creedon, the Derbyshire Police chief who was brought in to take over the investigation from the Metropolitan Police in February, said: "This issue is very complicated and mistakes could put lives in jeopardy."