Humberside Police spied on Janet Alder during brother’s inquest

THE sister of Christopher Alder has been told Humberside Police twice sought authorisation to spy on her.

The force found evidence it had placed Mr Alder’s sister Janet and another person under surveillance and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been brought in to examine whether it amounted to improper conduct.

Janet said: “The IPCC say the surveillance was sought after there was public disorder outside the court during Christopher’s inquest.

“This prompted the police to twice seek authorisation for surveillance but they are not saying who exactly asked for it.”

Janet has always believed the police were following her. She said: “I have always said that. I have had to deal with people thinking I’d lost the plot, but this confirms my suspicions were right.”

Christopher, 37, died in the custody suite in Queens Gardens police station in 1998. An inquest later ruled he had been unlawfully killed.

A separate police investigation was launched in 2011 after his body was found in Hull’s mortuary 11 years after he was believed to have been buried.

The evidence of surveillance came to light after all police forces were asked to check their records following claims the Metropolitan Police spied on the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

The IPCC said Humberside Police referred itself to the watchdog to assess whether a separate investigation was justified.

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