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Lush removes ‘spy cops’ campaign for fear of ‘staff safety’

The cosmetics company Lush has suspended its ‘spy cops’ campaign in fear of retaliation to its staff.

The campaign related to so-called UK’s ‘spy cops’ scandal where claims about undercover officers infiltrating activists groups in England and Wales were made.

Lush initially launched the campaign highlighting the “small and secretive subset of undercover policing that undermines and threatens the very idea of democracy”, urging Sajid Javid, home secretary, to listen to campaigners.

The brand has since been heavily criticised on social media.

Criticism toward the Dorset-based company increased when it put up a window display with the image of a man dressed with both a police uniform and normal clothing with the words ‘Paid to Lie’. The shop also placed mock police tape which read: “Police have crossed the line”.

Lush had previously said: “It is not an anti-police campaign.”

Ché Donald, vice-chairman of the Police Federation, said on Twitter: “This is very poorly thought out campaign @LushLtd & damaging to the overwhelmingly large majority of #police who have nothing to do with this #undercover enquiry.

“I will now clear my house of any of your products and my family and friends will never use them again. #FlushLush.”

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