HN125

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Part of a series on
undercover police officers
'HN125'
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Alias: unknown
Deployment: 1980s
Unit:
Targets:
single left-wing group

HN125 is the cipher given to a former undercover officer with the Special Demonstration Squad who was deployed in the 1980s into a single, unnamed left-wing group. According to the Chair of the Undercover Policing Inquiry, Sir John Mitting, HN125's deployment was unremarkable and no known allegation of misconduct was made against him.[1]

His real and cover names are being restricted for the purposes of the Inquiry.[2]

  • For details of the N-numbers cipher system see the N officers page.

In the Undercover Policing Inquiry

Ruling (Mar 2018): cover and real name to be restricted.[1]

HN125 is in his 60s and is retired.[1] Mitting's 'Minded To' note of Jan 2018 stated HN125 has suffered from an incurable progressive medical condition, which has recently deteriorated. Expert medical opinion has said to participate in the Inquiry would cause relapse and deterioration, so took would any public exposure of his role as an undercover officer. Closed reasons accompany this, which are closed for reasons of 'medical confidentiality'.[3]

Restriction order application material: Open application (16 Nov 2017), medical report (gisted, Dr. Busuttil) & additional medical report from an unnamed neurologist (gisted)

Inquiry decisions: Minded-to (25 Jan 2018): restriction order over both real and cover names[4] Provisional decision (5 Mar 2018): restrict real & cover name with application to be heard on 21 March 2018.[5] Ruling (Mar 2018): cover and real name to be restricted.[1]

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 John Mitting, Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad - Ruling 5, 27 March 2018 (accessed 29 March 2018)
  2. Kate Wilkinson, Counsel to the Inquiry's Explanatory Note to accompany the Chairman's 'Minded-To' Note 12 in respect of applications for restrictions over the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Public Inquiry, 13 September 2018.
  3. Sir John Mitting, In the matter of section 19(3) of the Inquiries Act 2005. Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and Special Demonstration Squad - 'Minded To' Note 4, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 25 January 2018 (accessed 25 January 2018).
  4. Press Notice: Decisions relating to anonymity applications: Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 25 January 2018 (accessed 25 January 2018).
  5. Sir John Mitting, Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad: 'Minded to' note 3, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 15 January 2018 (accessed 15 January 2018).