Donal O’Driscoll, Undercover Research Group, 6 June 2017
- Infiltrating the anti-war group ARROW
- Another allegation of inappropriate behaviour
- Andy’s role in a 1993 chicken liberation;
- Questions over possibly illegally obtained police warrants.
New discoveries: infiltrating anti-war groups
Peace News has revealed that prior to infiltrating animal rights groups, Andy Coles targeted the small but highly visible anti-war group Gulf War Resisters, later Active Resistance against the Roots of War (ARROW). As Andy Davey, he attended their meetings and demos throughout 1991. Peace News also unearthed the first proper full face photo of Andy undercover (shown above), and two of him on a protest.
Davey’s time as an anti-war protester preceded his tour in animal rights, but his cover was already in place – he would wear the clothes, and use the same pager and the van he would appear with later on. To the anti-war activists he made out that he was already involved in the Animal Liberation Front – not true as far as we know – which he used to add an aura of mysteriousness about his background. In Peace News Emily Johns explains she found this very weird at the time:
He told me, to impress me I thought, that he was a press officer for the ALF (Animal Liberation Front).
I remember thinking: ‘What kind of a fool do you take me for? Or what kind of a fool are you to tell me that?’ The ALF was and still is a very secretive group, carrying out direct action against animal exploitation. Either Andy was not a press officer for the ALF, and he thought that I was the kind of person who would be impressed by that boast, or he was an ALF press officer breaking the secrecy of the group with someone he barely knew.