2015 July 29 Home // 2015 July 29

Ben Fellows Old Bailey – reporting restrictions re pre-trial allegations

Ben Fellows Old Bailey – reporting restrictions re pre-trial allegations

Moments prior to the jury adjourning, Exaro approached the bench.  Their question related to reporting restrictions concerning pre-trial allegations (not about Ben).

For the moment, until the Judge makes an official determination, reporting restrictions remain in force.

Bernard Richmond, Ben’s Barrister, did a great job by all accounts.

Ben Fellows – Jury is out.. So now we wait


Inquiry into ‘toxic’ undercover policing methods gets underway

Inquiry into ‘toxic’ undercover policing methods gets underway

The three-year inquiry will examine the motivation and scope of undercover police operations, looking at their impact on individuals, establishing how operations were authorised and overseen and discovering how much officials and ministers knew, the BBC reports.

“The breadth and nature of what is being alleged is almost too big to grasp, but it fundamentally comes down to a simple question of whether elements of the police were out of control,” says the BBC‘s Dominic Casciani.

In his opening remarks, head of the inquiry Lord Justice Pitchford said the investigation would also examine evidence that undercover operations targeted people because of their political views or participation in social justice campaigns.


Undercover police officers who disclose crucial evidence to a public inquiry into the covert infiltration of political groups could be given immunity from prosecution.


Relationships with undercover officers wreck lives. The lies must stop

Mark Kennedy’s alter ego, Mark Stone, was a lie perpetrated, overseen and supervised by the secret state. His deception was supported by fake ID and training and he was paid overtime for his troubles. A backroom of handlers and other officers tracked his movements and communications with us.

Former girlfriend of undercover spy sues corporate security firm

The woman is taking legal action against Global Open, a commercial firm hired by companies to monitor protesters. She alleges in the high court case that Mark Kennedy pursued her to start the relationship, while, she says, he worked undercover for Global Open.

Kennedy had previously worked for the police as an undercover officer and used a false identity to infiltrate environmental groups for seven years. He maintained his fake persona after he left the police.

Global Open, established by a former Special Branch officer Rod Leeming, is one of a number of private security firms that operate in a largely secretive world. Big companies, such as energy producers and arms dealers, hire firms to monitor protesters who are organising campaigns against them.

Obese people who refuse to lose weight could see benefits cut, David Cameron to announce

Obese people who refuse to lose weight could see benefits cut, David Cameron to announce

Overweight people who refuse to lose weight could see their benefits worth around £100 a week cut or suspended, David Cameron will announce.

“We must look at what we do when people simply say no thanks and refuse that help but expect taxpayers to carry on funding their benefits,” he will tell reporters during a trade visit to Singapore.

The aim of the policy will be to make sure more people seek treatment, the PM, who was described by one newspaper as “portly” when he was pictured topless on a Cornwall beach two years ago, will say.