Fourth spy-cop ‘John Barker’ named as PS John Dines; five more to go (and then the rest)

Undercover spycop Sergeant John Dines posing as activist 'John Barker'

The Guardian today published a number of disturbing stories [1, 2, 3] related to the massive Metropolitan Police operation to infiltrate spy-cops into protest movements over a period of decades, and named the ‘fourth man’ as Police Sergeant John Dines from Special Branch. They also published pictures of him.

Dines, previously known only by his assumed identity of ‘John Barker’, is one of five police officers who entered into long-term, intimate relationships with eight women on whom they spied who are now bringing legal action against the police and individuals concerned. A further three complainants are represented in a similar action.

The other officers are former Police Constable Mark Kennedy, AKA ‘Mark Stone'; former Police Constable Andrew James ‘Jim’ Boyling, AKA ‘Jim Sutton'; former Detective Inspector Dr Robert Lambert MBE, AKA ‘Bob Robinson'; and an undercover police officer known only as ‘Mark Cassidy‘.

A number of other police officers who infiltrated protest groups, social justice groups and political organisations over the years have also been unmasked in recent times, including ‘Lynn Watson‘, who targeted the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army; ‘Mark/Marco Jacobs‘, who disrupted the Cardiff Anarchist Network; and ‘Simon Wellings‘, who reported on Globalise Resistance.

Another ex-infiltrator, ‘Pete Black’, came out in 2010 to spill the beans on the Met’s Special Demonstration Squad, which later morphed into the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU). He backs up the claims in today’s Guardian stories that undercover officers are trained to adopt the identities of dead children.

Police spy Sergeant John Dines AKA activist 'John Barker'

Edited 2:38 for clarity with regards the legal action.

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2 responses to “Fourth spy-cop ‘John Barker’ named as PS John Dines; five more to go (and then the rest)

  1. There is also one mentioned without even a fake name, and it appears he’s not one of those listed above

    “The second police spy followed the progress of his child and the child’s mother by reading confidential police reports which tracked the mother’s political activities and life.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jan/20/undercover-police-children-activists

    That makes three out of ten fathering children with targets. I wonder if that is a statistically accurate proportion and if not, what the real number is.

  2. Oh yes – good spot.

    However, that does not necessarily preclude him from being either Dines or ‘Cassidy’. That report came out after Lewis/Evans first mentioned ‘Barker’ and ‘Cassidy’, but does not explicitly say ‘Father Two’ is not either of them.

    I have found some of the Lewis/Evans stories to be a little confused or even on occasion contradictory.

    Then throw into the mix input from Tony Thompson, who used the ‘Officer A’ appellation differently in his earlier Obbo stories (for ‘Peter Black’ instead of ‘Lynn Watson’)…

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