‘No closure’ for woman who had child by undercover police officer

A woman who had a child by an undercover officer has said "there is no closure for me" after receiving £425,000 (€539,500) in compensation from Britain’s biggest police force.

Known only as Jacqui, the woman has a son with Bob Lambert, who was revealed in 2012 as a member of the now-defunct Special Demonstration Squad which placed officers in deep-cover roles between 1968 and 2008.

She was one of several women taking High Court action against the Metropolitan Police over the actions of officers such as Lambert, whom she knew as ‘Bob Robinson’ when a young activist in the 1980s.

In a statement released by her solicitors Bindmans, confirming the out-of-court settlement from Scotland Yard, Jacqui said: “The legal case is finished but there is no closure for me.

“There is the money, but there is no admission by the police that what they did was wrong, there is no meaningful apology and most importantly there are no answers.

“My world fell apart on June 14 2012 when after 24 years I discovered that my first true love, and the father of my first child was a police officer paid to spy on me and my friends.”

Jacqui said she lived with Lambert for three years and he was present when she gave birth to their son.

“I feel violated,” she said. “Precious memories and rites of passage that marked milestones in a woman’s life have been corrupted and leave me feeling disorientated and destroyed.”

In August, four former SDS officers were told they faced no criminal charges for their actions.

The Crown Prosecution Service said there was not enough evidence to charge four officers with sexual misconduct offences.

The Met was previously forced to name two officers who allegedly had relationships with women activists in groups they infiltrated after High Court judge Mr Justice Bean ruled the force could not use its policy of “neither confirm nor deny” in response to the damages claims.

As a result, the force confirmed Jim Boyling and Bob Lambert were undercover police officers.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the force “unreservedly apologises for any pain and suffering that the relationship with Bob Lambert, an undercover officer, has had on this woman” but said that it had “never had a policy that officers can use sexual relations for the purposes of policing”.


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