This chapter examines the manner in which allegations of entrapment, which typically arise in the context of undercover operations, have been dealt with in English law. Entrapment occurs when an agent of the state — usually a law enforcement officer or a controlled informer — causes someone to commit an offence in order that he should be prosecuted. The absence of a substantive defence of entrapment in England and Wales, the contemporary English approach to entrapment, and application of the abuse of process doctrine are discussed.
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