'No evidence' of Lawrence smear

Home Secretary Theresa May is insisting there is no need for a public inquiry in Stephen Lawrence family smear claims at this stage. Chief Constable Mick Creedon, investigating undercover policing methods, says they have found no evidence so far.

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Doreen Lawrence: I have no confidence in police

Doreen Lawrence appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee today Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has told MPs she does not "know what to believe anymore" amid claims police officers attempted to smear her family.

Appearing before the Home Affairs Select Committee, Doreen Lawrence said she had no confidence in the police and added it was not right for "police officers to investigate each other".

She said: "I have no confidence whatsoever. Over the years, I was beginning to have a level of trust, we had the investigation and the court case... I was beginning to have some confidence.Now I just don't know what to believe anymore."

She added: "You can't have police officers investigating each other. It's proven that's not the right way to do things."

Claims have been made by former undercover officer Peter Francis that attempts were made to find information to smear the Lawrence family following Stephen's murder in April 1993.

Two existing inquiries are to examine the claims - a police investigation into the activities of undercover officers and another into allegations of corruption in the original investigation into Stephen's murder, led by Mark Ellison QC, who is also appearing before the committee.

Doreen Lawrence: 'We had no idea this was going on'

Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, demanded answers today after meeting Home Secretary Theresa May and called for an open inquiry into claims police tried to smear her family. Mrs Lawrence said:

She said all options are open and she explained about the different reviews that are going on at the moment and how it could be expanded.

I made my point quite clear. For the past 20 years the fact that we as a family have been talking about corruption and we have undercover officers trying to smear our family. I want answers. I want to know who was the senior officer who signed that off.

We had no idea this was going on from 1993 until 1997.

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Brooks' lawyer: 'Sinister motive to record meetings'

Duwayne Brooks' lawyer, Jane Deighton, has said that there would be no reason to record any of their meetings unless there was a "sinister motive".

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Ms Deighton addressed claims that the Metropolitan Police secretly recorded officers' meetings with Brooks and his lawyer.

Scotland Yard told the the BBC that its directorate of professional standards was looking into the claim and that it was being treated with “huge seriousness”.

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Report: Met Police 'bugged Duwayne Brooks' meetings'

The Metropolitan Police allegedly bugged meetings between Stephen Lawrence's friend, Duwayne Brooks, and his lawyer, the BBC has reported.

The report states that Brooks and his lawyer were unaware that the meetings were recorded.

Scotland Yard told the the BBC that its directorate of professional standards was looking into the claim and that it was being treated with “huge seriousness”.

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An inquiry 'could encourage more whistleblowers'

In a webchat on the Guardian website, the former undercover police officer who made allegations of a police plot to smear Stephen Lawrence's family has said a public inquiry could encourage more undercover officers to come forward.

Peter Francis said: "I personally think you will have more whistleblowers come out, but only if there is a proper public inquiry called. That is why I believe there is an overriding reluctance to call one."

Murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Mr Francis went on: "That is the only thing that will bring out what the SDS has been doing since 1968 - but also the National Public Order Intelligence Unit, which still operates."

He said he will not provide evidence for either the Lawrence corruption inquiry or the police investigation into undercover officers.

"I will not cooperate at all with the two inquiries the Home Secretary said can deal with these matters, even if they are 'supervised' by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. I have no faith in any of these inquiries.

"Only a judicial-led or public inquiry - not just into the Stephen Lawrence allegations, but into the wider controversy - has any chance of ever establishing the truth.

"If there is a public inquiry, I will happily give all my evidence under oath, explaining what I personally know about the SDS and covert policing of protest groups."

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