31 October 2016
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"THE Scottish Government should initiate its own public inquiry into undercover policing, key participants in the UK Government’s probe into the practice have said. The Pitchford Inquiry was set up in England and Wales to investigate allegations of misconduct by undercover officers.
It is claimed undercover Metropolitan Police officers were also involved in spying in Scotland, but the UK Government has refused to extend the inquiry north of the Border.
A total of 24 “core participants” from Pitchford, who say they were also targeted by undercover police in Scotland, have signed a statement calling for a separate Scottish inquiry to take place."
See the article: Scotland must carry out it own probe into undercover policing, says Pitchford Inquiry participants (The National, link)
See: Letter to government (pdf):
"Rather than asking for the HMICS to conduct a “strategic review”, 24 Core Participants in the Pitchford Inquiry who were targeted in Scotland by undercover police have signed a statement saying that in the case the UK Home Secretary does not extend the Pitchford Inquiry to Scotland, that the “Scottish government should set up its own independent inquiry, a proposal that already has cross-party support. We would be happy to participate in this and help reveal the truth that the Pitchford inquiry keeps hidden.”
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