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Man arrested after ‘spy cops’ spray-painted on MI6 headquarters


‘Spy cops’ refers to an undercover policing scandal (Picture: Splash)

A man has been arrested after writing #SPYCOPS on the outside of MI6’s headquarters.

The phrase, which refers to an undercover policing scandal in the UK, appears to have been spray painted in red on the building in London.

Pictures show officers in Vauxhall in discussion with a man who appears to be in handcuffs on Saturday evening.

It came on the same day as the biggest ‘Kill the Bill’ protest yet took to the capital’s streets.

‘Spy cops’ refers to a number of undercover police officers who infiltrated various activist groups and had relationships with women, including some who they had children with them.

Kill the Bill demonstrators, meanwhile, are critical of the increased powers that officers are given over protests in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill providers.

A police van and various officers were in attendance when the man was detained at the high security facility.

Various officers and a police van were on the scene (Picture: Splash)
The man was detained on Saturday after a report of criminal damage, police said (Picture: Splash)
The MI6 building in Vauxhall is a high security facility (Picture: Splash)
Spy cops refers to an undercover policing scandal (Picture: Splash)

A photographer said he was arrested shortly after someone had graffitied the message on the wall.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: ‘Police were called at around 6pm on Saturday, 1 May, to a report of criminal damage at the SIS building at Vauxhall Cross.

‘A man, aged in his 50s, was arrested.

‘He was taken to a south London police station and bailed to return on a date in late May.’

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