Activist deceived by Met officer into relationship wins £229,000 payout
The Guardian|January 26, 2022
An environmental activist who was deceived into a two-year intimate relationship with an undercover police officer has been awarded £229,000 in compensation after winning a landmark legal case.
Rob Evans

Kate Wilson won the compensation after a tribunal ruled in a scathing judgment that police had grossly violated her human rights in five ways.

She pursued a decade-long campaign to discover the truth about how she was deceived into the sexual relationship by the undercover officer, Mark Kennedy, who spent seven years infiltrating environmental groups.

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ordered the Metropolitan police and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) to pay £229,471 to Wilson “by way of just satisfaction for the breaches of her human rights”. Such awards by the IPT, which hears allegations of abuse by the state, are rare.

In a ruling last September, three judges in the IPT found that Kennedy had “grossly debased, degraded and humiliated” Wilson by deceiving her into the relationship.

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