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A WOMAN duped into a relationship with an undercover cop will get more than £400,000 in compensation, it was revealed yesterday.
The woman, known only as Jacqui, believed former special demonstration squad (SDS) officer Bob Lambert was a fellow animal-rights activist. They had a son in 1985 — Lambert disappeared two years later.
The case is one of several being brought against the Metropolitan Police at the High Court in London by women who entered into relationships unwittingly with undercover officers such as Lambert.
In an interview with the Guardian newspaper and the BBC, “Jacqui” said she received psychiatric care after learning of Lambert’s real identity as a police officer who was married with children.
She said: “The legal case is finished but there is no closure for me. There is the money but there is no admission by the police that what they did was wrong, there is no meaningful apology and, most importantly, there are no answers.”
“I don’t know why I was singled out by the police to be duped into an intimate sexual relationship with Bob Lambert.”
Jules Carey, Jacqui’s lawyer, said that Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe should publicly condemn the practice of undercover officers having sexual relationships.
“The Metropolitan Police are prepared to criticise the conduct of an individual officer, Bob Lambert. They are even prepared to be critical of the unit he was from — but they refuse to condemn the practice itself,” he said.
Green Party London Assembly member Jenny Jones welcomed the announcement but warned: “The police must drop their blanket ‘neither confirm nor deny’ policy so that these other women can get swift justice.”
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