Monthly Archives: July 2013

Battery and the ‘touching’ requirement

So, I was out shopping at the weekend, and walked past a gadget shop. Outside the shop were a couple of staff, one demonstrating a (very) mini-helicopter toy, the other discreetly wielding what I now know to be an Air Zooka (see the video demo via the 'Movie' button). Essentially, this is a toy which […]

Undercover policing and the use of the identities of dead children

An interim report has been published as part of Operation Herne. Herne was established following allegations of misconduct and of criminal behaviour by members of the now defunct undercover Special Demonstration Squad (SDS). SDS was formed by the Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police. The interim report deals specifically with the issue of the use […]

Undercover policing and sexual relationships: Part 1 – the issue of consent

Over the course of a number of posts I would like to consider some issues arising from the much-publicised incidents of male undercover police officers who, while conducting covert operations, entered into sexual relationships with members of the groups which were the targets of those operations. In this first post, I am particularly interested in […]