On Wednesday 24 January there will be a demonstration at the next meeting of Peterborough Council to demand the resignation or dismissal of ex-spycop turned Tory councillor Andy Coles. Meet outside the Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1HF at 6pm.
In May it was revealed that Andy Coles infiltrated the peace and animal rights movements from 1991-95 as Andy Davey. He was a member of the disgraced secret Special Branch unit called the Special Demonstrations Squad. While undercover he began an intimate relationship with a 19 year old activist named Jessica (not her real name). He lied to her saying he was 24 when really he was 32 and married.
Jessica says she feels like she was groomed: “Although not legally underage, I feel that my youth and vulnerability were used to target me. I was groomed by someone much older, and far more experienced… I was manipulated into having a sexual relationship with him. I didn’t even know his real name.”
Coles was also Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire. He resigned three days after his sordid past was revealed but has clung on as councillor. There is now a grassroots campaign calling for him to step down and a public meeting in September was attended by 30 people. Since then every house in the Fletton and Woodston ward (which Coles represents) has been leafleted.