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Bosses ‘kept emails sent by spy cop to duped lover’

Double life:
Mark Kennedy
with Kate Wilson
during their

INTIMATE emails exchanged by a green campaigner and a policeman working undercover were gathered and stored by his force, a court heard yesterday.

The Met has claimed it did not know Mark Kennedy had a relationship with Kate Wilson while posing as a fellow activist.

But in one message, Mr Kennedy said a friend had asked what they had been up to in a van they had bought, adding: ‘I had to refrain from fuelling his school boy fantasies.’ In another, the officer wrote: ‘Wow, gorgeous, you really know how to make a boy’s heart jump.’

Charlotte Kilroy, for Ms Wilson, said the Met ought to have admitted encouraging sexual relationships when it publicly apologised for the ‘deceitful’ conduct of Mr Kennedy and other officers.

‘We don’t accept that apology was as full as it should have been — it suggests that this was a “bad apple” situation,’ she said. ‘It was not a “bad apple” situation. It was a tactic of deployment.’

Mr Kennedy, who tipped off handlers about plans to occupy and shut down one of the country’s biggest coal-fired power stations in 2009, posed for seven years as an environmental activist.

Ms Wilson — who spent two years with him — was one of several women who unwittingly embarked on relationships with officers who infiltrated protest groups between the 1970s and 2000s.

Demand: Kate Wilson at court PICTURE: I-IMAGES

She and seven others have taken a case to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, saying their human rights were breached.

The intimate emails are among 200 pages of documents released to her — and judges ruled yesterday that up to 10,000 more should be handed over. The Met told the court that releasing the papers was not needed to resolve the case, adding that it would have to screen and redact details beforehand in a costly process. But a panel of judges in London said all relevant documents must be served within three months. They intend to reach a decision on whether the spying was legal. The case continues.