THE public inquiry into undercover policing confirmed yesterday that a man who infiltrated trade unions was indeed a police officer.
The Met had previously applied its “neither confirm nor deny” policy to the man, who used the cover name Carlo Neri during his deployment between 2001 and 2006.
In September, the Star revealed that Mr Neri, one of many officers deployed to infiltrate left-wing campaigns, had suggested that activists fire-bomb a charity shop.
He also deceived three women into relationships, proposing marriage to one of them, and is thought to have passed information to the construction industry’s private blacklist of trade unionists.
Yesterday, the undercover policing inquiry chaired by Lord Justice Pitchford issued a notice saying that Mr Neri would not be seeking a restriction order over his cover name.
Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith said: “The public statement by the Pitchford inquiry is a vindication of our campaign for justice, but this admission has been dragged out of the police, who have repeatedly adopted the line that they can ‘neither confirm nor deny’ whether individuals named by activists in the media were police officers.”
The activist to whom Mr Neri proposed marriage, who uses the alias Andrea, said: “I am, of course, relieved to have finally received official confirmation that the person I believed to be my partner of more than two years, Carlo Neri, was in reality an undercover police officer.
“The fact that it has taken the police so long to acknowledge this has undoubtedly caused additional stress and uncertainty within an already difficult situation for myself and my family.”
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