Prior to Christmas 2019 we were instructed by Richard Chessum to act for him in the Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI). He had already secured core participant status in December 2017. We have now been designated as his legal representative.
was an activist in the Troops Out Movement (TOM) which was formed in 1973 following the attacks by the British soldiers
on the minority Catholic/Nationalist population. TOM set out with its major aim
to secure the withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland and
self-determination for the Irish people as a whole.
to that central demand were calls for the demilitarisation of the local police
and paramilitary police support – the B specials – as well as opposition to UK
Government policies that set effectively set in law discrimination against
Catholic people in areas such as elections, housing, education, cultural
pursuits, jobs and social welfare.
Richard was spied on by undercover police from the Special Demonstration Squad. He was targeted by an officer called ‘Rick Gibson’ who had targeted Richard, TOM and the socialist group ‘Big Flame.’
UCPI is due to open on the 1st June 2020 where legal representatives
from many of the 200 core participants are due to provide opening statements.
This will then be followed by core participants providing witness evidence to