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A TORY councillor is under renewed pressure to resign tonight after the spycops inquiry confirmed that he had served as an undercover copper.
Andy Coles resigned as Cambridgeshire’s deputy police commissioner when he was publicly outed last year but he continues to serve on Peterborough City Council and the governing boards of two local schools.
He has repeatedly refused to comment on his past and did not respond to the Star’s request for comment today.
The disclosure comes as the official public inquiry into undercover policing publishes a tranche of documents shedding new light on the operations of the Metropolitan Police’s elite covert squads.
Significantly, the inquiry has now revealed that the Special Demonstration Squad’s “tradecraft manual” was in fact authored by Mr Coles — by then a detective sergeant — in 1995.
This was the year in which he finished his deployment in the animal rights movement.
In the document, Mr Coles offers guidance to officers beginning long-term covert deployments infiltrating activist groups. This includes advising colleagues to “avoid the opposite sex for as long as possible.”
But, during his deployment, Mr Coles deceived a 19-year-old activist into a sexual relationship which lasted over a year. Using the name Andy Davey, the police officer posed as an animal rights campaigner and infiltrated several groups.
The woman, who uses the pseudonym Jessica, has accused Mr Coles of lying about his age, claiming to be 24 when in fact he was 32.
Jessica is suing the Metropolitan Police over the relationship. She welcomed the confirmation of his role today.
“All the people in Peterborough that were sceptical, they absolutely know now that what I’ve been saying since May last year [is true],” she said.
“He’s said nothing throughout, but there’s no arguing with it now the inquiry has named him. I hope he has the decency to do the right thing and step down.”
On Wednesday the inquiry — which, three years after it was established, is yet to hear any evidence — will convene for its latest preliminary hearing. It is expected to be greeted with protests outside the Royal Courts of Justice.
Jessica, who is a core participant in the inquiry, told the Star: “I’ve pretty much lost faith in the inquiry — as have most of the core participants.”
She said that in the case of her former partner, it was the campaigning Undercover Research Group that had “done the inquiry’s job and have named him.”
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