Kennedy had a number of sexual relationships while undercover. “During his deployment, he spent more time with me than anybody else, and probably more time than everyone else together,” she says.He “slotted very easily” into her group of friends, who went climbing in their spare time. When her father died, Kennedy was in the mourners’ car with her.That month, he disappeared abruptly from his house in Nottingham.
“He was the one who held me as I cried through the night, and helped me pick myself up again after that,” Lisa says.
He would go away every few weeks – the longest time was three months – working, but kept in regular contact through phone calls, emails and texts.
Kennedy was one of more than 100 undercover officers who, over the previous four decades, had transformed themselves into fake campaigners for years at a time, assimilating themselves into political groups and hoovering up information about protests that they had helped to organise.
More than 10 women have discovered that they had relationships with undercover policemen, some lasting years, without being told their true identity.
This is the first interview “Lisa”, who wants to retain her anonymity, has given to the media.
Only now, five years later, does she feel ready to describe how she has been devastated by the deception.
Lisa recalls: “He had quite an emotional crash, it seems.
Some days he would not get out of bed – that was very, very out of character.
Instead she and her friends found out through their own detective work and a chance discovery.
They established that he was Mark Kennedy, an undercover policeman who had been sent to spy on her circle of activist friends.
In their last few months together his behaviour was, at times, erratic; but at other times, their relationship was blissful.