"For over four decades British police have been stealing the identities of dead children and using them as aliases for their undercover operations, some of which lasted for as long as ten years.It is estimated that around 80 identities have been adopted by the Metropolitan police with passports, national insurance cards and driving licenses issued for the stolen identity, the Guardian investigation has revealed."
Police officers allegedly adopted the identities of dead children whose details they got from national birth and death records.
Undercover police officers working for the Metropolitan Police assumed the identities of dead children and were issued fake passports in their names, it has been claimed.
Britain’s largest police force allegedly carried out the practice for three decades without consulting or informing the children’s parents.
According to a report in The Guardian, officers would scan national birth and death records to find the identities to use for undercover work infiltrating protest groups.
The newspaper claimed the technique was adopted to lend credibility to officers working undercover and provide them with a back story while spying. It said some officers had used the identities for 10 years.
It is claimed as many as 80 officers used such identities between 1968 and 1994.
Scotland Yard said a formal complaint had been made but that the Metropolitan police would not "currently" authorise such a system. [...]