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Undercover policeman 'fire-bombed shop,' MPs told

An MP has used parliamentary privilege to name an undercover police officer who allegedly planted a fire bomb at a London department store in 1987.

Green MP Caroline Lucas said a jailed man, Geoff Sheppard, believed police officer Bob Lambert planted a device.

Mr Lambert infiltrated the Animal Liberation Front and his evidence helped convict two men of fire-bombing three Debenhams stores.

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr Lambert denied planting the device.

The attack in Harrow, north west London, did �340,000 of damage and was part of a series of attacks on stores, including attacks in Romford and Luton, which cost �8m and caused Debenhams to stop selling furs.

The BBC has sought to give Mr Lambert a right of reply, and is awaiting his response.

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