Interactive timeline of the key dates

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2020
August 2020

Evidential hearings of UCPI scheduled to begin.

2019
November 2019

Trade union conference and political policing at Greenwich University.
[ CONFERENCE ]

Trade union conference and political policing at Greenwich University.<br><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/undercover-policing-and-trade-unions-the-political-and-the-personal-tickets-64167284074" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ CONFERENCE ]</a>
September 2019

Premier screening of Solidarity about undercover police and blacklisting of construction workers.
[ www.solidarityfilm.com ]

Premier screening of Solidarity about undercover police and blacklisting of construction workers. <br><a href="http://www.solidarityfilm.com" target="blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">[ www.solidarityfilm.com ]</a>
September 2019

House of Commons Library publish briefing document about undercover policing in England and Wales.

May 2019

BBC broadcast The Informer by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani
[ BBC WEBSITE ]

BBC broadcast The Informer by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani<br><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06lh6tf" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ BBC WEBSITE ]</a>
April 2019

Birnberg Peirce send to Metropolitan police letter before claim on behalf of Sara and Ellie.
[ FULL STORY ]

Birnberg Peirce send to Metropolitan police letter before claim on behalf of Sara and Ellie.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/saras-story/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
February 2019

Divisional court refuse Monica’s application to appeal to supreme court and to certify a point of law.

February 2019

Kate Wilson responds to the police’s witness evidence setting out their failure to meet the duty of candour.

Kate Wilson responds to the police’s witness evidence setting out their failure to meet the duty of candour.
January 2019

UCPI Chair announces further delay, stating that evidential hearings are now unlikely to start until 2020.

UCPI Chair announces further delay, stating that evidential hearings are now unlikely to start until 2020.
January 2019

Police’s amended defence and witness statements served in Kate Wilson’s IPT claim.

2018
December 2018

Divisional court dismiss Monica’s application judicially reviewing the CPS decision.
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Divisional court dismiss Monica’s application judicially reviewing the CPS decision.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/monica-disappointed-by-todays-dismissal/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
October 2018

The public inquiry confirms James Straven was an SDS officer.

October 2018

IPT order police to lodge fully pleaded defence and witness statements with necessary documents exhibited to comply with the duty of candour by 3 January 2019.

IPT order police to lodge fully pleaded defence and witness statements with necessary documents exhibited to comply with the duty of candour by 3 January 2019.
September 2018

Metropolitan police admit that the sexual relationship Mark Kennedy had while he was undercover was a violation of Kate Wilson’s fundamental right not to be subjected to torture or inhumane and degrading treatment.
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Metropolitan police admit that the sexual relationship Mark Kennedy had while he was undercover was a violation of Kate Wilson’s fundamental right not to be subjected to torture or inhumane and degrading treatment.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/police-admit-managers-supported-serious-human-rights-abuses-but-try-to-obstruct-court-from-learning-more/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
June 2018

Police Spies Out of Lives partner Lush to launch awareness raising publicity campaign.
[ uk.lush.com ]

Police Spies Out of Lives partner Lush to launch awareness raising publicity campaign.<br><a href="https://uk.lush.com/tag/spycops" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ uk.lush.com ]</a>
May 2018

UCPI Chair states that final report will now be provided to the Home Secretary until towards the end of 2023.
[ MORE DETAILS ]

May 2018

Boyling dismissed following misconduct hearing based on Rosa’s evidence. The panel read out files Boyling submitted on Rosa during relationship.
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Boyling dismissed following misconduct hearing based on Rosa’s evidence. The panel read out files Boyling submitted on Rosa during relationship.<br><a href="http://news.met.police.uk/news/officer-dismissed-following-misconduct-hearing-305227" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
March 2018

Defendants serve amended defence in IPT claim. No disclosure provided.

March 2018

Monica issues judicial review challenge of CPS decision not to prosecute Jim Boyling under the Sexual Offences Act or for Misconduct in Public Office.
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Monica issues judicial review challenge of CPS decision not to prosecute Jim Boyling under the Sexual Offences Act or for Misconduct in Public Office.<br><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43957299" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
2017
December 2017

IPT order police to make disclosure and/or provide witness statements to Kate Wilson by 19 February 2018.

IPT order police to make disclosure and/or provide witness statements to Kate Wilson by 19 February 2018.
December 2017

Birnberg Peirce send to Metropolitan police letter before claim on behalf of Lizzie.

Birnberg Peirce send to Metropolitan police letter before claim on behalf of Lizzie.
August 2017

Monica makes complaint to police and gives interview regarding Jim Boyling (HN14).

July 2017

CPS writes to Monica communicating decision not to charge Jim Boyling (HN14) with offences against her.

May 2017

Birnberg Peirce send to Metropolitan police letter before claim on behalf of Jessica.
[ FULL STORY ]

Birnberg Peirce send to Metropolitan police letter before claim on behalf of Jessica.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/our-stories/jessicas-story-2/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
May 2017

May 2017 – ARB’s civil claim is settled.

May 2017

Sir John Mitting takes over chair of public inquiry.
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April 2017

Kate Wilson lodges particulars of claim in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT).
[ www.ipt-uk.com ]

February 2017

Sarah Hampton’s civil claim is settled.
[ MORE DETAILS ]

2016
October 2016

Bindmans send to Metropolitan police letter before claim on behalf of Lindsey.
[ FULL STORY ]

April 2016

BBC broadcast Peter Moffat’s drama Undercover.
[ BBC WEBSITE ]

BBC broadcast Peter Moffat’s drama Undercover.<br><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2d94Jwc1Lb16nfQPy6LjVnh/undercover-peter-moffat-on-making-a-drama-out-of-a-lie" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ BBC WEBSITE ]</a>
March 2016

Helen Steel confronts Barker / Dines (HN5) in Australia.

Helen Steel confronts Barker / Dines (HN5) in Australia.
February 2016

Birnberg Peirce send to Metropolitan police letter before claim on behalf of Monica.
[ FULL STORY ]

Birnberg Peirce send to Metropolitan police letter before claim on behalf of Monica.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/our-stories/monicas-story/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
February 2016

Nottingham Playhouse run of ‘Any Means’ by Kefi Chadwick.
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Nottingham Playhouse run of ‘Any Means’ by Kefi Chadwick.<br><a href="https://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/any-means-necessary/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
January 2016

TBS (son of Bob Lambert and Jacqui) made claim against the Metropolitan police for damages.
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TBS (son of Bob Lambert and Jacqui) made claim against the Metropolitan police for damages.<br><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/04/abandoned-son-of-police-spy-sues-met-for-compensation" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
January 2016

Birnberg Peirce send to Metropolitan police letter before claim on behalf of Andrea.
[ FULL STORY ]

Birnberg Peirce send to Metropolitan police letter before claim on behalf of Andrea.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/our-stories/andreas-story-new/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
January 2016

At Case Management Conference due to set timetable for disclosure in Kate Wilson’s ongoing claim, the police withdraw defence and ask for judgment to be made against them.
[ MORE DETAILS ]

2015
November 2015

Fact of settlement of women’s claims and public apology from police published.
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Fact of settlement of women’s claims and public apology from police published.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/the-case-overview/text-of-apology-from-met-police/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
October 2015

All eight women are designated core participants in the public inquiry.
[ MORE DETAILS ]

July 2015

A woman takes legal action against Global Open, a commercial firm hired by companies to monitor protesters. Mark Kennedy pursued her to start the relationship, while, she says, he worked undercover for Global Open.
[ MORE DETAILS ]

July 2015

Andrea receives message about Carlo Neri (HN104)being an undercover police officer.

June 2015

Mediation in Lisa, Naomi and Kate Wilson cases: Lisa and Naomi agree settlement – seek to keep open IPT proceedings but refused. Kate Wilson continues case on advice she may beat Part 36 offer made by police.

Mediation in Lisa, Naomi and Kate Wilson cases: Lisa and Naomi agree settlement – seek to keep open IPT proceedings but refused. Kate Wilson continues case on advice she may beat Part 36 offer made by police.
June 2015

Public inquiry begins. The terms of reference are broad: to inquire into and report on undercover police operations conducted by English and Welsh police forces in England and Wales since 1968. Evidential hearings timetabled to start in 2017 and the Inquiry report is scheduled to be delivered to the Home Secretary by July 2018.

March 2015

Publication of first edition Blacklisted by Phil Chamberlain and Dave Smith.
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Publication of first edition Blacklisted by Phil Chamberlain and Dave Smith.<br><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/undercover-with-paul-lewis-and-rob-evans/2015/jul/09/blacklisted-the-secret-war-between-big-business-and-union-activists-a-book-review" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
March 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May announces Lord Justice Pitchford to lead public inquiry into undercover policing in light of findings in the Ellison report.

Home Secretary Theresa May announces Lord Justice Pitchford to lead public inquiry into undercover policing in light of findings in the Ellison report.
February 2015

Rob Harrison (HN18) disappears again from Maya’s life.

January 2015

Ellie last saw James Straven (HN16).

2014
December 2014

Supreme Court refuse Lisa, Naomi and Kate Wilson permission to appeal Court of Appeal decision of November 2013 forcing their cases into the IPT.

December 2014

CPS communicate Victims Right of Review decision is still not to prosecute.

CPS communicate Victims Right of Review decision is still not to prosecute.
December 2014

Mediation meetings for Rosa and others.

October 2014

Jacqui’s civil claim is settled.
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Jacqui’s civil claim is settled.<br><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29743857" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
September 2014

Rosa requests Victims Right of Review (VRR) of CPS decision not to prosecute Boyling.

August 2014

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) write to Rosa setting out decision not to charge Jim Boyling with any offences relating to his sexual relationship while undercover. It states ‘genuine feelings’ were involved.
[ MORE DETAILS ]

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) write to Rosa setting out decision not to charge Jim Boyling with any offences relating to his sexual relationship while undercover. It states ‘genuine feelings’ were involved.<br><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/21/undercover-officers-relationships-women-not-charged" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
August 2014

Mark Thomas’s Cuckooed performed in venues across UK.
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Mark Thomas’s Cuckooed performed in venues across UK.<br><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/undercover-with-paul-lewis-and-rob-evans/2014/sep/03/undercover-police-and-policing-espionage" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
August 2014

Rob Harrison (HN18) reappears in Maya’s life and persuades her to get back together with him.

Rob Harrison (HN18) reappears in Maya’s life and persuades her to get back together with him.
July 2014

High Court ruling claim of eight women: Police cannot rely on NCND policy to avoid pleading a defence to the claims. Police submit amended defence.

March 2014

Theresa May orders public inquiry into undercover policing in England and Wales.
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Theresa May orders public inquiry into undercover policing in England and Wales.<br><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/06/stephen-lawrence-theresa-may-inquiry-police" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
March 2014

Police withdraw application to strike out claim by eight women on grounds that a public inquiry into undercover policing has been announced.
[ MORE DETAILS ]

2013
November 2013

Court of Appeal dismisses Lisa, Naomi and Kate Wilson’s appeal against decision that IPT has exclusive jurisdiction to hear Human Rights Act claims, but lifts stay in common law claims. Eight common law claims can proceed in high court.
[ MORE DETAILS ]

November 2013

Women deceived into relationships with Marco Jacobs launch civil claim.
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Women deceived into relationships with Marco Jacobs launch civil claim.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/south-wales-case/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
September 2013

Application by police to strike out eight women’s claims on grounds that either they can’t defend the claim due to NCND or that they should be released from disclosure obligations.

September 2013

Bindmans send to Metropolitan police letter before claim on behalf of Sarah Hampton.

August 2013

The government rejects Home Affairs Select Committee finding that there is a compelling case for a fundamental review of the legislative framework governing undercover policing, including the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000 due to its failure to protect human rights.

June 2013

Whistle-blower Peter Francis reveals he spied on the Stephen Lawrence campaign.
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Whistle-blower Peter Francis reveals he spied on the Stephen Lawrence campaign.<br><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jun/23/stephen-lawrence-undercover-police-smears" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
June 2013

Publication of Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Undercover Police by Paul Lewis and Rob Evans.
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Publication of Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Undercover Police by Paul Lewis and Rob Evans.<br><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jun/29/undercover-secret-police-lewis-evans-review" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
June 2013

Channel 4 Dispatches covers the scandal with contributions from whistle-blower Peter Francis, Helen Steel, Jacqui and Belinda.
[ YOUTUBE ]

Channel 4 Dispatches covers the scandal with contributions from whistle-blower Peter Francis, Helen Steel, Jacqui and Belinda.<br><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCvaXIbWgwU" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ YOUTUBE ]</a>
May 2013

Police serve defence of neither confirm nor deny (NCND) in response to civil claims of eight women (Rosa and others).

Police serve defence of neither confirm nor deny (NCND) in response to civil claims of eight women (Rosa and others).
February 2013

Lisa, Alison, Jacqui and Helen Steel (using pseudonym ‘Clare’) give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee about their experience of being deceived into relationships with undercover police officers.
[ MORE DETAILS ]

Lisa, Alison, Jacqui and Helen Steel (using pseudonym ‘Clare’) give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee about their experience of being deceived into relationships with undercover police officers.<br><a href="https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmhaff/837/130205i.htm" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
January 2013

High Court ruling in case of Lisa, Naomi and Kate Wilson: Human Rights Act claims must be heard in IPT and common law claims are stayed until outcome of IPT proceedings.
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High Court ruling in case of Lisa, Naomi and Kate Wilson: Human Rights Act claims must be heard in IPT and common law claims are stayed until outcome of IPT proceedings.<br><a href="https://www.judiciary.uk/judgments/akj-others-commissioner-police-metropolis-judgment-17012013/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
2012
July 2012

TBS is told by mother (Jacqui) about discovery of his father Bob Lambert’s true identity.

July 2012

Rosa and others (Helen Steel, Alison, Ruth, Belinda) issue civil claim for damages against Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis in the High Court for common law claims of assault, misfeasance in public office, deceit and negligence.

Rosa and others (Helen Steel, Alison, Ruth, Belinda) issue civil claim for damages against Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis in the High Court for common law claims of assault, misfeasance in public office, deceit and negligence.
June 2012

Met police apply to court to strike out Lisa, Naomi and Kate Wilson’s claim on jurisdictional grounds – ie. that it should have been brought in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT).

Met police apply to court to strike out Lisa, Naomi and Kate Wilson’s claim on jurisdictional grounds – ie. that it should have been brought in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT).
June 2012

Police responds to letter before claim from all eight claimants – NCND raised for first time.

Police responds to letter before claim from all eight claimants – NCND raised for first time.
June 2012

Jacqui sees article in newspaper with photograph of Bob Robinson / Lambert (HN10) and met him a week later.
[ MORE DETAILS ]

March 2012

Bindmans send to Metropolitan police letter before claim on behalf of ARB.

2011
December 2011

Letter before claim sent to Commissioner of Police on behalf of eight claimants (Lisa, Naomi, Kate Wilson, Rosa, Helen Steel, Ruth, Alison, Belinda). Disclosure requested.
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Letter before claim sent to Commissioner of Police on behalf of eight claimants (Lisa, Naomi, Kate Wilson, Rosa, Helen Steel, Ruth, Alison, Belinda). Disclosure requested.<br><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/dec/16/lovers-undercover-officers-sue-police" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
October 2011

Lisa, Naomi and Kate Wilson issue civil claim for damages against Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis in the High Court for common law claims of assault, misfeasance in public office, deceit, negligence and under the Human Rights Act for breaches of articles 3 and 8 of European Court of Human Rights.
[ MORE DETAILS ]

April 2011

Lisa and Helen Steel visit Gareth Peirce at Birnberg Peirce to explore possibility of a legal case against the Metropolitan police.

Lisa and Helen Steel visit Gareth Peirce at Birnberg Peirce to explore possibility of a legal case against the Metropolitan police.
January 2011

The Guardian newspaper published what was the first in a series of articles that identified the source as a police officer identifying himself as Peter Black.
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The Guardian newspaper published what was the first in a series of articles that identified the source as a police officer identifying himself as Peter Black.<br><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/jan/24/undercover-police-met-spy-unit" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
January 2011

ARB discovers Marco Jacobs (HN519 / EN1) is an undercover police officer.
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ARB discovers Marco Jacobs (HN519 / EN1) is an undercover police officer.<br><a href="https://www.channel4.com/news/undercover-police-in-welsh-anarchist-group" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
January 2011

Trial collapses because Mark Kennedy / Stone offers to give evidence on behalf of the environmental campaigners he infiltrated who charged with conspiring to shut down Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottingham in 2009.
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Trial collapses because Mark Kennedy / Stone offers to give evidence on behalf of the environmental campaigners he infiltrated who charged with conspiring to shut down Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottingham in 2009.<br><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12148753" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
2010
October 2010

Lisa investigates the identity of her partner of six years Mark Stone and discovers he was an undercover police officer called Mark Kennedy. Lisa and others confront him.

Lisa investigates the identity of her partner of six years Mark Stone and discovers he was an undercover police officer called Mark Kennedy. Lisa and others confront him.
August 2010

Lisa hears rumours about Sutton / Boyling (HN14) at Shambala festival.

Lisa hears rumours about Sutton / Boyling (HN14) at Shambala festival.
August 2010

Rosa gets message to Helen Steel about Sutton / Boyling (HN14) and they meet.

Rosa gets message to Helen Steel about Sutton / Boyling (HN14) and they meet.
July 2010

Lisa finds Mark Kennedy’s passport and is told another set of lies by him.

Lisa finds Mark Kennedy’s passport and is told another set of lies by him.
March 2010

The Observer newspaper published a series of articles regarding the role of ‘Officer A’ within the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS). It later became clear Officer A was whistle-blower, Peter Francis, first called Peter Black in the media.
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The Observer newspaper published a series of articles regarding the role of ‘Officer A’ within the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS). It later became clear Officer A was whistle-blower, Peter Francis, first called Peter Black in the media.<br><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/mar/14/undercover-policeman-infiltrated-violent-activists" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
January 2010

Mark Stone / Kennedy re-appears in Lisa’s life without previous trappings; he has a canal boat instead of a house and a different phone.

Mark Stone / Kennedy re-appears in Lisa’s life without previous trappings; he has a canal boat instead of a house and a different phone.
January 2010

Mark Stone / Kennedy officially leaves the police and starts working for private security company Global Open

2009
October 2009

Mark Stone / Kennedy disappears but maintains telephone contact with Lisa with whom he is still in a close relationship, and briefly sees her in November 2009 whilst asking her not to tell anyone he’s around.

Mark Stone / Kennedy disappears but maintains telephone contact with Lisa with whom he is still in a close relationship, and briefly sees her in November 2009 whilst asking her not to tell anyone he’s around.
August 2009

Rosa’s divorce from Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14) is confirmed in court.

April 2009

Relationship between Mark Stone / Kennedy’s and Jane ends.

2008
November 2008

Relationship between Marco Jacobs (HN519 / EN1) and ARB ends.

Relationship between Marco Jacobs (HN519 / EN1) and ARB ends.
October 2008

Mark Stone / Kennedy starts a relationship with Jane.

August 2008

Marco Jacobs (HN519 / EN1) starts relationship with ARB.

Marco Jacobs (HN519 / EN1) starts relationship with ARB.
January 2008

Special Demonstration Squad disbanded.

2007
August 2007

Rob Harrison (HN18) disappears from Maya’s life but continues to keep in contact online intermittently.  

Rob Harrison (HN18) disappears from Maya’s life but continues to keep in contact online intermittently.  
February 2007

Rosa and her two children flee to women’s refuge to escape Sutton’s / Boyling’s (HN14) frightening and abusive behaviour.

January 2007

Bob Robinson / Lambert (HN10) and Noel Silver make ‘welfare visit’ to Rosa and her children.

2006
May 2006

Relationship between Mark Stone / Kennedy and Sarah Hampton ends.

Relationship between Mark Stone / Kennedy and Sarah Hampton ends.
May 2006

Rob Harrison (HN18) starts a relationship with Maya.

Rob Harrison (HN18) starts a relationship with Maya.
2005
September 2005

Mark Stone / Kennedy’s relationship with Naomi ends (although there were further intimate encounters in November 2007 and April 2008)

August 2005

Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14) coerces Rosa into signing marriage documents.
[ MORE DETAILS ]

April 2005

Mark Stone / Kennedy starts relationship with Sarah Hampton.

February 2005

Mark Stone’s / Kennedy’s relationship with Kate Wilson ends. Mark Stone / Kennedy starts a relationship with Naomi.

Mark Stone’s / Kennedy’s relationship with Kate Wilson ends. Mark Stone / Kennedy starts a relationship with Naomi.
2004
November 2004

Carlo Neri / Soracchi (HN104) disappears from Andrea’s life.

Carlo Neri / Soracchi (HN104) disappears from Andrea’s life.
September 2004

Mark Stone / Kennedy starts a relationship with Lisa.
[ FULL STORY ]

Mark Stone / Kennedy starts a relationship with Lisa.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/our-stories/lisas-story/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
January 2004

Rosa pregnant with second child by Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14) who continues to lie and manipulate her.

2003
October 2003

Mark Stone / Kennedy starts a relationship with Kate Wilson.
[ FULL STORY ]

Mark Stone / Kennedy starts a relationship with Kate Wilson.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/our-stories/kates-story/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
January 2003

Helen Steel meets with Alison to discuss their suspicions that Barker /Dines (HN5) and Cassidy / Jenner were infiltrators.

2002
September 2002

Carlo Neri / Soracchi (HN104) started a relationship with Andrea.
[ FULL STORY ]

Carlo Neri / Soracchi (HN104) started a relationship with Andrea.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/our-stories/andreas-story-new/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
April 2002

Carlo Neri / Soracchi (HN104) forced Lindsey to end their relationship.

2001
November 2001

Rosa pregnant with child by Jim Sutton / Boyling.

November 2001

James Straven (HN16) ends relationship with Ellie but there is ongoing contact (approximately every year) until 2018.

November 2001

Rosa’s search uncovers the headquarters of the Special Demonstration Squad, Sutton / Boyling (HN14) returns to Rosa continuing to lie and manipulate her. Boyling claims he needs help to escape the police.

July 2001

Rosa travels to South Africa searching for Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14).

Rosa travels to South Africa searching for Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14).
May 2001

Carlo Neri / Soracchi (HN104) started a relationship with Lindsey.
[ FULL STORY ]

Carlo Neri / Soracchi (HN104) started a relationship with Lindsey.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/lindseys-story/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
February 2001

James Straven (HN16) starts a relationship with Ellie.

2000
December 2000

James Straven’s (HN16) and Sara’s relationship ended.

November 2000

Rosa discovers there is no record for Jim Sutton’s birth. Rosa phones (numbers she now knows to be) SDS HQ and Boyling’s handler’s mobile. Cryptic love letters from Sutton / Boyling commence claiming he is at risk.

September 2000

Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14) goes missing abroad. Rosa begins her search for him. Foreign Office tell Rosa they have instigated a Missing British National investigation in Turkey.
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Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14) goes missing abroad. Rosa begins her search for him. Foreign Office tell Rosa they have instigated a Missing British National investigation in Turkey. <br><a href="https://spycops.walesonline.co.uk/?_ga=2.193595306.688319087.1569946563-706377261.1500909559" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
June 2000

After Cassidy’s / Jenner’s (HN15) sudden disappearance Alison begins to suspect he was an infiltrator.

April 2000

Mark Cassidy / Jenner (HN15) disappeared from Alison’s life.

Mark Cassidy / Jenner (HN15) disappeared from Alison’s life.
1999
November 1999

Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14) started a relationship with Rosa.
[ FULL STORY ]

Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14) started a relationship with Rosa.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/our-stories/rosas-story/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
August 1999

Ruth ended relationship with Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14).

January 1999

National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) established.

National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) established.
1998
October 1998

James Straven (HN16) started a relationship with Sara.
[ FULL STORY ]

James Straven (HN16) started a relationship with Sara.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/saras-story/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
1997
November 1997

Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14) started a relationship with Ruth.
[ FULL STORY ]

Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14) started a relationship with Ruth.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/our-stories/ruths-story/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
October 1997

Monica ended relationship with Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14).

April 1997

Jim Sutton / Boyling (HN14) started a relationship with Monica.
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January 1997

HN91 entered into one relationship in the cover identity.
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HN91 entered into one relationship in the cover identity.<br><a href="https://www.ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/20180730_SDS_anonymity_ruling_11.pdf" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ PDF ]</a>
1995
September 1995

Anthony ‘Bobby’ Lewis had sexual encounter with Jenny.
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Anthony ‘Bobby’ Lewis had sexual encounter with Jenny.<br><a href="https://www.ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/20190917-ruling-CP_31-RLR_25-costs_24_san.pdf" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ PDF ]</a>
May 1995

Mark Cassidy / Jenner (HN15) started relationship with Alison.
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Mark Cassidy / Jenner (HN15) started relationship with Alison.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/our-stories/alisons-story-new/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
1994
December 1994

Helen Steel obtains death certificate showing that John Barker had been using the identity of a child who died aged eight.

Helen Steel obtains death certificate showing that John Barker had been using the identity of a child who died aged eight.
1993
August 1993

Andy Davey / Coles (HN2) and Jessica’s relationship ends.

Andy Davey / Coles (HN2) and Jessica’s relationship ends.
April 1993

Relationship ends between Anthony ‘Bobby’ Lewis (HN78) and Bea.

1992
April 1992

Andy Davey / Coles (HN2) begins a relationship with Jessica.
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Andy Davey / Coles (HN2) begins a relationship with Jessica.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/our-stories/jessicas-story-2/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
March 1992

John Barker / Dines (HN5) disappeared from Helen Steel’s life.

John Barker / Dines (HN5) disappeared from Helen Steel’s life.
March 1992

Anthony ‘Bobby’ Lewis (HN78) begins a relationship with Bea.

Anthony ‘Bobby’ Lewis (HN78) begins a relationship with Bea.
1991
January 1991

Matt Rayner (HN1) had relationship during deployment with Denise Fuller.
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Matt Rayner (HN1) had relationship during deployment with Denise Fuller.<br><a href="https://www.ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180522-ruling_core_participants_18.pdf" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ PDF ]</a>
1990
April 1990

John Barker / Dines (HN5) started relationship with Helen Steel.
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John Barker / Dines (HN5) started relationship with Helen Steel.<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/our-stories/helens-story-2/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
1988
December 1988

Bob Robinson / Lambert (HN10) disappeared from lives of Jacqui and her son, and Belinda.

1987
July 1987

Bob Robinson / Lambert (HN10) alleged to have detonated incendiary device in Debenhams store as part of an anti-fur protest.
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Bob Robinson / Lambert (HN10) alleged to have detonated incendiary device in Debenhams store as part of an anti-fur protest.<br><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36095317" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
May 1987

Mike Blake / Chitty disappeared from Lizzie’s life.

Mike Blake / Chitty disappeared from Lizzie’s life.
May 1987

Bob Robinson / Lambert (HN10) started a relationship with Belinda.
[ FULL STORY ]

1985
October 1985

Mike Blake / Chitty started relationship with Lizzie.
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Mike Blake / Chitty started relationship with Lizzie.<br><a href="<br><a href="https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/our-stories/lizzies-story/" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ FULL STORY ]</a>
September 1985

Bob Robinson / Lambert (HN10) and Jacqui’s son TBS is born.

1984
January 1984

Bob Robinson / Lambert (HN10) started relationship with Jacqui.
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Bob Robinson / Lambert (HN10) started relationship with Jacqui.<br><a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/08/25/the-spy-who-loved-me-2" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ MORE DETAILS ]</a>
1982
January 1982

Mike Hartley (HN12) had a fleeting sexual encounter with a female activist.
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Mike Hartley (HN12) had a fleeting sexual encounter with a female activist.<br><a href="https://www.ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/20180125-December-tranche-impact-led-and-HN353-minded-to-sanitised.pdf" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ PDF ]</a>
1981
April 1981

Alan Bond (HN67) admitted to a fleeting sexual encounter in his cover name with one woman who was not [he says] a member of his target group.
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Alan Bond (HN67) admitted to a fleeting sexual encounter in his cover name with one woman who was not [he says] a member of his target group.<br><a href="https://www.ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/20180322_SDS_anonymity_Minded_to_6.pdf" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ PDF ]</a>
1976
January 1976

Vince Miller (HN354) admitted to two fleeting sexual encounters with different female activists during his deployment.
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Vince Miller (HN354) admitted to two fleeting sexual encounters with different female activists during his deployment.<br><a href="https://www.ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/200180115-Minded-To-Note-3-November-tranche-applications.pdf" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ PDF ]</a>
1975
March 1975

Rick Gibson / Clark (HN297) started relationship with Mary.

Rick Gibson / Clark (HN297) started relationship with Mary.
1974
January 1974

Jim Pickford (HN300) told another undercover officer that he had fallen in love with a female member of his target group during his deployment.
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Jim Pickford (HN300) told another undercover officer that he had fallen in love with a female member of his target group during his deployment.<br><a href="https://www.ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/20180307-SDS-anonymity-Minded-to-5.pdf" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ PDF ]</a>
1970
January 1970

HN302 admits to a fleeting sexual encounter with a person of the opposite sex who was associated with one of the two groups he spied on.
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HN302 admits to a fleeting sexual encounter with a person of the opposite sex who was associated with one of the two groups he spied on.<br><a href="https://www.ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/20180307-SDS-anonymity-Minded-to-5.pdf" target="blank” rel="noopener noreferrer">[ PDF ]</a>
1968
January 1968

Special Demonstration Squad established as part of Metropolitan Police Special Branch.

Special Demonstration Squad established as part of Metropolitan Police Special Branch.

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