Barry / Desmond Loader is the cover name used by a former Special Demonstration Squad undercover officer who was deployed into Communist Party of England (Marxist-Leninist) from 1976 to 1978. Their cover name is due to be released by the Undercover Policing Inquiry. He was twice prosecuted for public order offences in his cover name and convicted once. However, according to the Inquiry Chair, John Mitting, there is no known allegation of misconduct during the deployment. The officer is deceased.
For the purposes of the Undercover Policing Inquiry and Operation Herne they are also referred to by the cipher HN13 (for the N cipher system see under N officers). Inquiry Chair, Sir John Mitting, has ruled that the officer's real name will be restricted in the Inquiry.
In the Undercover Policing Inquiry
- 22 Nov 2018: any application for anonymity to be submitted by 30 November for the MPS Legal Team and by 4 December 2017 for the MPS Designated Lawyer Team.
- Jan 2018: Mitting is minded to grant restriction order over real name; there was no application in relation to cover name. The Chair noted that HN13 is survived by widow, now in early 70s, who claims her husband was assured life-long confidentiality and would not have become an undercover officer otherwise. She wishes that her husband's memory, she and her family should be left in peace, and that a restriction order granted in both real and cover name. Mitting however notes there is a 'sterile corridor' preventing HN13's real name being discovered from his cover name and even if it was breached the risk to the widow etc. is negligible. Thus is no good reason preventing publishing of the cover name. As some risk of interference in private life of widow if real name published, that shall be restricted.
- 24 July 2018: cover name released.
- 13 September 2018: following responses to the 'Minded To', open material relating to the publication of the real name will be published, with date for responding.
- 2 October 2018: the open application applied for by the Metropolitan police to restrict HN13's real name was released, with a deadline for responses give as 23 October.
- 8 November 2018: Mitting makes the ruling that the officer's real name will be restricted for the purposes of the Inquiry, saying:
- Publication of the real name of HN 13 will not assist the Inquiry to get the truth of his deployment or about undercover deployments generally. I have explained the harm which would be caused by publication to his widow and children in the "minded to" note of 15 January 2018. I do not resile from the conclusions there expressed.
- 20180724_UCPI_to_all_CPs_publishing_HN13_CP20_RLR16', Undercover Policing Inquiry, 24 July 2018 referencing an update of the page UCPI.org.uk/cover-names.
- 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.
- Sir John Mitting, Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Demonstration Squad and Special Duties Squad Ruling 13, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 8 November 2018.
- Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstrations Squad - Directions, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 22 November 2017 (accessed 26 November 2017).
- Press notice - ‘Minded-to’ anonymity: Special Demonstration Squad Officers (HN13, HN296, HN304, HN339, HN340, HN354, HN356/124, HN61, HN819, HN109, HN9, HN66), Undercover Policing Inquiry, 15 January 2018.
- Kate Wilkinson, Counsel to the Inquiry's Explanatory Note to accompany the Chairman's 'Minded-To' Note 12 in respect of applications for restictions over the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad adn the Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Public Inquiry, 13 September 2018.
- Department of Legal Services, Open application for a restriction order (anonymity) re: HN13, Metropolitan Police Service, 29 November 2017 (accessed via UCPI.org.uk).
- Sir John Mitting, Restriction Order Applications by HN4, HN13, HN25, HN30, HN33, HN82, HN96. HN200 and HN304, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 2 October 2018.