Exeposé Issue 629, Page 3 (27 October 2014) and Exeposé News online (30 October 2014)
A woman whose son was fathered by a former University of Exeter academic is to receive a £425,000 payout from the Metropolitan Police following his exposure as an undercover officer.
Bob Lambert – who has now left the University – used the pseudonym Bob Robinson during a five-year mission to infiltrate environmental and animal rights groups in the 1980s. A member of the secret police unit special demonstration squad, he posed as a left-wing radical and had a child with 22-year-old activist Jacqui.
Then married with children, Lambert vanished two years later. He went on to become co-director at Exeter’s European Muslim Research Centre.
Only discovering the identity of her son’s father in 2012 after his exposure, Jacqui stated in 2013 that she felt “raped by the state” and has received psychiatric treatment. She criticised the police for prolonging the case for two years – despite Lambert himself admitting to his undercover work.
The police are yet to settle ten other legal claims from women who say they were duped into relationships with undercover officers. This is the first payment settling a claim.
Jacqui argued that the £425,000 would not bring closure, telling the BBC: “I don’t know why I was singled out by the police to be duped into an intimate sexual relationship.” She added: “I don’t know if he was paid overtime to be with me during the 14 hours of labour I went through giving birth to our son. I feel violated.”
Her lawyer called on Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to guarantee that the police would renounce the “shameful and abusive practice” of using sexual relationships to gather information.
The University declined to comment.