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Undercover police inquiry: Report will take at least eight years

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The inquiry being held at the High Court has already attracted criticism from campaigners
Campaigners have been left "dismayed" after it was revealed the public inquiry into undercover policing will not deliver its final report until at least 2023.The inquiry, which was launched in 2015, has already cost about Gary Cartmail, assistant general secretary of the union, said the government needs to explain the delays.
The union is involved in the inquiry as Ucatt (now a part of Unite) was allegedly infiltrated by an undercover officer.
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He said: "Victims of undercover policing have had their lives wrecked and yet they are still being denied answers."A woman known as Andrea from campaign group Police Spies Out of Lives was allegedly duped into a relationship with an undercover officer.She said she was "dismayed" at how long it would take.The inquiry was set up by then-home secretary Theresa May in the wake of a string of allegations about the activities of undercover units.
The inquiry is being led by Sir John Mitting
These included claims officers from the Metropolitan Police's Special Demonstration Squad had sexual relationships with women and used the names of dead children to create fake identities.The Met Police has apologised and paid compensation to seven women tricked into relationships by undercover officers.It will also investigate claims Scotland Yard had spied on campaigners fighting for justice for murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence and how officers infiltrated unions and other organisations.The inquiry chaired by Sir John Mitting has now set out an "ambitious timeline" with the final report expected before the home secretary in 2023.It has tens of thousands of documents to go through and will hear evidence from at least 250 police witnesses.
The inquiry will investigate the alleged spying on a campaign fighting for Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in a racially motivated attack in London in 1993
In March, at least 60 campaigners and their legal teams walked out after former undercover officers were granted anonymity.Critics also want to see the inquiry led by a panel rather than a single judgeBut writing in the strategic review, inquiry chairman Sir John rejected calls to appoint panel members until after the fact-finding stage in 2021.He said appointing a panel would "impose a heavy cost in both time and money".The chairman said: "Once the facts have been found, it would be both practicable and desirable for a wider panel to be recruited to investigate and consider the state of undercover policing and to make recommendations to the Home Secretary for the future."
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