Alan Bond (alias)
Alan Bond is the cover name used by a former Special Demonstration Squad undercover officer who infiltrated the Socialist Workers Party 1982-85. Admits to having a 'fleeting sexual encounter in his cover name with one woman who was not a member of his target group'. Later second in command of SDS for three years in 1990s. He participated in the programme True Spies.
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As an SDS officer
According to Mitting (March 2018):
- HN67 is a sexagenarian. He was deployed against one group in the 1980s. The threat posed to him by former members of that group is nil or negligible. He admits to a fleeting sexual encounter in his cover name with one woman who was not a member of his target group. He was directed by his target group to take activists North to assist striking miners, but was directed by his superiors not to do so and did not do so.
Referred to in the first Operation Herne report as an undercover 1981 to 1984: he used a dead child identity and said at time of deployment there was no training manual but there was a 'best practice' reference folder (Herne I, 7.4 & 7.5).
Also according to Mitting:
- HN67, as a Detective Inspector, was second in operational command of the Special Demonstration Squad for three years in the early 1990s. Nineteen undercover officers served under him, including several who are of significant interest to the Inquiry.
- It is inevitable that the evidence of HN67 will attract substantial interest from the traditional and non-traditional media. (...) His evidence is potentially of great importance to the Inquiry.
To make sure, HN67 will cooperate with the Inquiry, Mitting decides to grant him anonimity:'If worthwhile evidence is to be obtained from him, they must be addressed sympathetically. This requires that a restriction order be made in respect of his real name.' Also, as he suffers from Parkinson's disease and his condition is deteriorating from the stress caused by having to participate in the Inquiry. Mitting, in March 2018, considered to take his evidence before the hearings would start, given the state of his health. It is unclear if this has already taken place (November 2019).
Participation in True Spies
HN67 participated in the True Spies programme, believing that it would be subject to editorial control by senior officers of the Metropolitan Police Service and was surprised and disappointed when it was not. The Inquiry has not yet released he pseudonym he used in the documentary series.
- For more on Special Branch cooperating with True Spies, see Eveline Lubbers, BBC True Spies series: Police happy to disclose information when it suits them, SpecialBranchFiles.uk project, 24 March 2016.
In the Undercover Policing Inquiry
- 30 July 2018: final ruling that real name cannot be published.
- 9 July 2018: provisional decision to restrict real name announced with open version of application released. It was also directed that any objections to Mitting's intention to grant the restriction order to be made by 20 July 2018.
- 7 June 2018: cover name and target groups released.
- 22 March 2018: Mitting minded to restrict real name; publication of cover name to take place, as detailed above.
- 26 Feb 2018: application to restrict real name made.
- 20 Feb 2018: directions issued that applications for restriction orders to be submitted by end of Feb 2018.
- Email to core participants, '20180607_UCPI_to_all_CPs_HN67_HN68_HAB_CP19', Undercover Policing Inquiry, 7 June 2018, referencing update of the webpage UCPI.org.uk/cover-names.
- 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).
- 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.
- Mick Creedon, Operation Herne Report 1: Covert Identities, Metropolitan Police Service, July 2013.
- 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 12 and Ruling 10, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 30 July 2018.
- Publication of documents relating to anonymity applications: National Public Order Intelligence Unit & Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 9 July 2018.
- List of documents relating to SOS officers - published 09 July 2018, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 9 July 2018.
- Sir John Mitting, Applications for restriction orders in respect of real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad and of the National Public Order Intelligence Unit - Directions, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 9 July 2018.
- Open application for a restriction order (anonymity) re: HN67, Metropolitan Police Service, 26 February 2018, published 9 July 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, 20 February 2018 (accessed 1 March 2018).