U.K. undercover cops stole IDs of dead children: Report

A police officer stands on duty outside Number 10 Downing Street during snowfall in central London...

A police officer stands on duty outside Number 10 Downing Street during snowfall in central London January 18, 2013. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

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The U.K.'s metropolitan police is under fire after reports have surfaced about the force authorizing undercover officers to use the identities of about 80 dead children.

Two former undercover cops told the Guardian they took over the children's identities as if they never died and were issued passports and national insurance numbers in their names without the parents' knowledge.

The officers travelled to the dead children's hometowns and family homes to familiarize themselves with their aliases.

The practice went on for about 30 years, until as recently as 2003, the newspaper reported.

One of the unidentified officers said he took over the identity of four-year-old Pete Black while he was working undercover in anti-racist groups.

"A part of me was thinking about how I would feel if someone was taking the names and details of my dead son for something like this," he told the Guardian.


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