While the Metropolitan Police denied for years that undercover officers' sexual activities were not officially sanctioned, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has admitted
sexual relationships were carried out with the acquiescence of undercovers' cover officers and line managers. This may suggest around six backroom officials were aware of such activities at a time, and would've evaluated and discussed these relationships in an official capacity. This is a clear demonstration police managers were directly complicit in the grossest wrongdoings of undercover officers. One such activist was "Jessica"
(a pseudonym). She was deceived into a year-long relationship byAndy Coles, who operated under the name "Andy Davey" in animal rights circles in the early 1990s. She feels her violation by Coles was "absolute, both in mind and body."
"Everything these officers did was shocking and disgraceful. They showed total disregard for every aspect of our lives. They moved into our homes, spied on our families, friends and activism, in many cases over several years. There was no justification for what they did, spying on grieving families, stealing dead childrens' identities, perjuring themselves in court and thereby causing miscarriages of justice," Jessica told Sputnik.
While Coles' undercover history and identity was revealed by the UCPI, many questions abound for Jessica. She wants to know what part of her life was real and how much was orchestrated by individuals she never met, much less knew, and which police officials were aware of — and approved — Coles advances on her.
"These men decided it was acceptable for a 32-year-old married officer to deceive me into a sexual relationship at just 19. They knew none of the women would have consented if they knew the truth, so I want to hear what they have to say. We all need to know just how much we were manipulated and controlled, who was watching us, and who actually controlled what happened in our lives — it wasn't us," Jessica told Sputnik.