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This article is part of the Undercover Research Portal at Powerbase: investigating corporate and police spying on activists.


Part of a series on the
Undercover
Policing Inquiry
N Officers list
Description: A list of N & HN cyphers used to designate individual officers in the Inquiry and by Operation Herne (Part 2)

Police officers cited in the Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI) are generally designated by a cypher / nominal starting with N or HN followed by a number. The practice of assigning these cyphers was begun in by the Metropolitan Police inquiry Operation Herne which investigated the activities of the Special Demonstration Squad undercovers. It was subsequently adopted by Mark Ellison for his Review and the UCPI, both of which draw heavily on Operation Herne. The system appears to have changed in 2017, when the Inquiry began using the 'HN' label, though the associated numbers appear unchanged.[1]

  • Updated 21 July 2018; further details of restriction order applications, etc. can be found under individual officer pages where linked.

N series officers part 2 (100-299)

Cypher Name (italics for cover name only) Position Notes
HN101 restricted SDS undercover Deployed into Socialist Workers Party in 1990s. Contemporary of Peter Francis, and according to Bob Lambert, had 'an involvement in Stephen Lawrence campaign issues' (Ellison, p. 214).[2]
HN102 restricted SDS undercover Deployed into anarchist groups in the 1980s. Mitting has restricted real and cover names on health grounds.
HN103 to come 11 January 2018, directions issued for any application for restriction orders to be submitted by 30 & 31 January 2018 for MPS and Designated Lawyers Team respectively.[3]

No restriction order application made.[4] so real name will be published. No cover name used.[5]

HN104 Carlo Neri SDS undercover Deployed March 2000 to Summer 2006 into Socialist Party and No Platform / Antifa.

Real name known to the activists he spied upon, and who exposed him.[6] During the public hearing of 21 November, it was recognised that Carlo's real name was going to be published, the matter effectively reduced to who did it.[7] whcih was acknowledged in a ruling of Dec 2017.[8] Discussions on how to publish the name, while respecting rights of the family are on-going (17 July 2018).[9]

HN106 Barry Tomkins SDS undercover 1979-1983 deployed into the Spartacist League of Britain. Ruled real name will be restricted.
HN108 unknown SDS back office / manager No application made.[10] - real name to be published in due course.[1]
HN109 restricted SDS undercover & manager Deployed undercover in 1970s; later a Det. Insp. in SDS in 1995 (1980s/1990s). Real and cover names restricted.
HN110 to come SDS back office / manager No application made; name to be released in due course.
HN112 restricted SDS undercover 2007 in training though never actually deployed. Real and cover names restricted on health grounds.
HN113 to come SDS (back office / manager) 20 March 2018, directed that any anonymity applications applications were to be filed by 28 March 2018 by MPS legal team, or 6 April for the Designated Lawyers team.[11] April 2018: further information sought.[12] May 2018: application withdrawn - name to be published when evidence relating to him is released.[13][14][5]
HN115 to come SDS back office No application to restrict made so will be published in due course.[5]
HN118 Simon Wellings (alias) SDS undercover Deployed 2001-2004 (2007) into Globalise Resistance, Socialist Workers Party and Dissent!
HN120 to come SDS back office / manager No application made.[10] so real name to be published in due course.[1]
HN122 cover name to come SDS undercover Deployed into two groups in late 1980s / early 1990s.

11 January 2018, directions issued for any anonymity application to be submitted by 30 & 31 January 2018 for MPS and Designated Lawyers Team respectively.[3] March 2018: Mitting states that for reasons set out in a closed note, it is possible to examine HN122's deployment without risk of serious harm to HN122 or others, and the cover name must be published to give groups targeted a chance to provide evidence.[4] 23 May 2018 ruling - cover name application refused; application over real name granted.[13][14]

HN123 restricted SDS undercover Deployed into left wing groups 1993-1998, one of which 'advocated and practiced the use of violence'. Retired from MPS on health grounds & later diagnosed with a mental health condition in part derived from his deployment. Said to have played a part in activities connected to the spying on the Lawrences. Mentioned in both Ellison Review and Herne II. Real and cover names restricted.
HN124 - see under HN356
HN125 restricted SDS undercover Deployed into a single left wing group in 1980s. Real and cover names to be restricted on health grounds.
HN126 to come SDS undercover Deployed into an as yet unknown group in late 1970s/early 1980s.
HN127 unknown SDS Sergeant / cover officer Sergeant with the SDS 1997-2001.[15] Cover officer for Carlo Neri, Mark Jenner (HN15) and others. Ruling (Feb 2018): restriction application over real name refused[16] so will be published in due course.[5]
N129 to come SDS Sergeant SDS supevisor / cover officer.[5]

Extension sought to deal with in a future tranche.[17] No application made made so real name will be published; any cover name will be considered at document redaction stage.[5]

Received Lambert's memo on the N81 / Walton meeting; commented on character and skill of Peter Francis, but said that they did not recognise the allegations regarding seeking information to smear the Lawrence family. His statement to Op. Herne is quoted in Ellison (p.212): "[Mr Francis] was targeted towards the campaign in the same way as today… to perform a dual role of protecting the family from malicious extremist influences and providing information about potential public order issues. The anti-police sentiment on the streets was palpable, and Territorial Policing was very interested in any potential or planned disorder…" N129 believes that he was directly tasked to get involved with the campaign, although not necessarily with the family. His role was not about ‘smearing’ at all.[2]

HN135 unknown SDS undercover 20 March 2018, directed that any anonymity applications applications were to be filed by 28 March 2018 by MPS legal team, or 6 April for the Designated Lawyers team.[11] April 2018: closed hearing to take place.[12] July 2018: 'further investigation necessary befor application to restrict the cover name can be determined. The real name will be published.[5]
HN146 to come SDS back office / management No application made[10] so real name to be published in due course.[1] No cover name.[5]
HN155 Phil Cooper SDS undercover Deployed into Socialist Workers Party 1979/80 to 1983. Ruled that real name will be restricted.
N183 Richard Walton Special Branch background. Later head of Counter Terrorism Command. In 1998, while part of the Lawrence Review Team, Walton was involved in a controversial meeting wtih undercover N81 Dave Hagan, regarding gathering information on the Stephen Lawrence family campaign.
N190 unknown SDS Detective Inspector commented on retention / destruction of documents within the SDS during a 2004 document rationalisation process (Ellison, 201).[2]
HN200 Roger Harris SDS undercover Deployed into Socialist Workers Party 1974-1977.

Minded-To (March 2018): real name cannot be published; cover name to be published.[18]

Details released 17 July 2018).[19]

Currently in 70s. Deployment apparently unremarkable. Mitting: no reason to publish real name; and HN200 and wife are concerned about media intrusion.[18]

20 February 2018, directions issued for any application for restriction orders to be submitted by 26 & 28 February 2018 for MPS and Designated Lawyers Team respectively.[20]

HN204 to come SDS back office / manager No anonymity application made,[1] so real name to be published in due course.[10]
HN216 / N216 to come SDS management. Responsible for day-to-day running of the unit in the 1990s. Minded-to (Nov 2017): application for restriction order in respect of real name to be refused with Mitting writing:[15]
The evidence which he can give about the management of the Special Demonstration Squad is potentially significant. There is no known allegation of misconduct against him. He has identified no plausible risk to the safety or welfare of himself or his family beyond the possibility of unwelcome media attention if his whereabouts were to be traced. This is a real risk, but it is outweighed by the legitimate interest which the public has in his performance of his duty in a senior and responsible public office. The starting presumption that evidence given by such a person about such duties should be given publicly and in his own name is not displaced. Closed reasons accompany the note.

July 2018: both MPS Commissioners lawyers and Designated Legal Team 'have indicated they do not want to pursue the application', so the Minded To decision of Nov 2017 becomes the final ruling, and real name will be published.[5]

Expressed outrage at Peter Francis allegations (Herne II, 21.1.14) and stated in respect of the targeting of Duwayne Brooks (Herne 24.1.13): 'SDS activity targeting individuals in a public order context may have brought certain officers into contact with, or in the close proximity of Duwayne Brooks, but, if that did happen, this would not have been in response to the murder investigation, or any connection with the family'.[21]

HN217 to come SDS back office No application made so real name will be published; no cover name.[5]
HN221 to come SDS back office No application made so real name will be published; no cover name.[5]
HN218 / N218 Barry Morris SDS undercover and probably manager Deployed 1968 into Vietnam Solidarity Campaign.[22]

Cover name and real name to be published as no restriction order application made.[17] Cover name released May 2018.[22]

Herne II, para. 25.1.2 states: The MPS Director of Intelligence in 1999 has been interviewed by Operation Herne and stated, 'I have been asked if I recall 'any Special Branch plans to mislead the Macpherson Inquiry' into the death of Stephen Lawrence. For part of this time, I was head of Special Branch operations and have no recollection of any such plans.’ Peter Francis has alleged that N218 came out to see him in respect of withholding information from the Macpherson Inquiry. In interview, N218 stated that this meeting or request never happened.[21] There is a strong probablility that N218 is former Special Branch commander Barry Moss.

HN241 restricted SDS undercover Deployed into one group in 1970s. Ruling (20 Feb 2018): real and cover names to be restricted.[16] No allegation of misconduct. Arrested but not charged on one occasion.[23]
HN244 to come SDS back office / manager Full extent of restriction order being sought unknown; extension sought for MPS to supply this application (Nov 2017).[17] No application made so real name will be published; no cover name (July 2018).[5]
HN268 unknown SDS back office No application to restrict real name made,[24] so real name to be given 'when evidence relating to them is published before hearings'.[25] No cover name.[5]
N275 unknown Det. Ch. Insp.; probably SDS but not definitive. Critical of record retention and note-taking in the SDS (Ellison, pages 198 & 201).[2]
HN294 cover name lost SDS undercover and manager Deployed 1968-1969 into a group that no longer exists, and reported on others. Held a managerial position in the SDS 1969-1974. Deceased. Real name restricted.
HN296 cover name to come SDS undercover Deployed against one left wing group from 1975 to 1978; no known allegation of misconduct against him. Currently in late 60s. [26] Ruling (Mar 2018): cover and real name to be restricted.[27]

15 Jan 2018: 'Minded-to' grant restriction order over real name; no application in relation to cover name which will be published in due course.[28]

He does not live in the UK but is willing to cooperate with the Inquiry.[28]

HN297 Rick Gibson (alias) SDS undercover Infiltrated Troop Out Movement 1974-1976 and tasked to infiltrate Big Flame - discovered and confronted by them in 1976. Multiple sexual relationships. Deceased.
HN298 Michael Scott SDS undercover Deployed 1971 to 1976 into the Young Liberals, Anti-Apartheid Movement and Workers Revolutionary Party. Convicted in 1972 under his cover name.
HN299/ HN342 SDS See under HN342


Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Press Release: 'Minded to' note, ruling and directions in respect of anonymity applications relating to former officers of the Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI.org.uk), 3 August 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Mark Ellison, Possible corruption and the role of undercover policing in the Stephen Lawrence case, Stephen Lawrence Independent Review, Vol. 1, Gov.UK, March 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 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, 11 January 2018 (accessed 11 January 2018).
  4. 4.0 4.1 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 5, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 7 March 2018 (accessed 10 March 2018).
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 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 name of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad - Update as at 30 July 2018, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 30 July 2018.
  6. Sir John Mitting, Supplementary 'Minded-To', Undercover Policing Inquiry, 23 October 2017 (accessed 23 October 2017 via UCPI.org.uk).
  7. Transcript of hearing of 21 November 2017, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 21 November 2017.
  8. Sir John Mitting, On the application of HN104 for a restriction order in respect of his real name, Undercover Policing Inquiry", 20 December 2017.
  9. Sir John Mitting, Application for a restriction order in respect of HN104 - Direction, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 17 July 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 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 the Special Demonstrations Squad ‘Minded to’ note, Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI.org.uk), 3 August 2017 (accessed 5 August 2017).
  11. 11.0 11.1 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, 20 March 2018.
  12. 12.0 12.1 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 Demonstrations Squad - 'Minded to' note 8, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 26 April 2018 (accessed 26 April 2018).
  13. 13.0 13.1 'Minded to' decisions relating to anonymity applications: Special Demonstration Squad Ruling on HN122, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 23 May 2018.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstrations Squad 'Minded to' note 9 and Ruling 8, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 23 May 2018.
  15. 15.0 15.1 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 the Special Demonstrations Squad ‘Minded to’ note 2, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 14 November 2017 (accessed 15 November 2017)
  16. 16.0 16.1 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 the Special Demonstrations Squad - Ruling, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 20 February 2018 (accessed 4 March 2018).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Counsel to the Inquiry's Explanatory note to accompany the 'Minded-To' Note (2) in respect for restrictions over the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 14 November 2017 (accessed 15 November 2017).
  18. 18.0 18.1 Sir John Mitting, In the matter of section 19(3) of the Inquiries Act 2005 Application for restriction order in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad 'Minded To' Note 6 and Ruling 5, Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI.org.uk), 22 March 2018 (accessed 28 March 2018).
  19. Email to core participants, '20180717_UCPI_to_all_CPs_publishing_HN25_HN200_direction_HN104', Undercover Policing Inquiry, 14 July2018, referencing update of the webpage UCPI.org.u/cover-names.
  20. 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, 20 February 2018 (accessed 1 March 2018 via UCPI.org.uk).
  21. 21.0 21.1 Mick Creedon, Operation Herne: Report 2 - Allegations of Peter Francis, Metropolitan Police Service, March 2014.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Email to core participants, '20180501_UCPI_to_all_CPs_publishing_HN3_HN19_HN20_HN60_HN218_HN353', Undercover Research Group, 1 May 2018, referencing update of the webpage <a href="https://www.ucpi.org.uk/cover-names/">UCPI.org.uk/cover-names</a>.
  23. Brian Lockie, HN241 Risk assessment (open version), Metropolitan Police, 3 October 2017 (accessed via ucpi.org.uk).
  24. 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).
  25. Press Notice: Decisions relating to anonymity applications: Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 25 January 2018 (accessed 25 January 2018).
  26. 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).
  27. 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)
  28. 28.0 28.1 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 (accessed 15 January 2018).