The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has issued the following statement, following his meeting with Doreen and Stuart Lawrence:
"The Deputy Commissioner and I were very pleased to have the opportunity to meet Doreen and Stuart Lawrence today. It was a constructive meeting.
"These are serious allegations and I understand why the Lawrence family want answers quickly. I am determined for Operation Herne to establish the facts as quickly as possible for an operation of this size."
The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said it will "take a while to gain back trust again" after she met Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to discuss claims that undercover officers hunted for information to smear her family.
Speaking after the meeting, Doreen Lawrence said:
It's going to take some time to build that trust again. I think people at times felt they were beginning to - but I think that's just destroyed some of that now so they need to find some way of how to build that trust yet again.
The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence said after her meeting with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, that she thinks his answers to her questions over an alleged smear campaign were "frank".
"The commissioner was frank with some of his answers that he gave us. He answered some of our questions, and some of that he still needs to give us answers to", she said.
Asked if she had confidence in the commissioner, Mrs Lawrence said: "I think what I do have, or what I realise is that whatever he said he is trying to do, I think he will do it.
She added: "It's like taking a couple of steps back and I think it will take a little while to gain that trust again".
Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, has arrived at New Scotland Yard, for a meeting with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, to discuss claims that undercover police officers hunted for information to smear her family.
The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence will meet the Metropolitan Police Commissioner today to discuss claims that undercover officers hunted for information to smear her family.
Doreen Lawrence said she had a 'positive' meeting with the Home Secretary yesterday and called for a public inquiry into Stephen's murder and the alleged smear campaign.
The London Assembly has been quizzing the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, over allegations the force engaged in an operation to smear the family of Stephen Lawrence.
A former undercover officer has claimed he was told to find dirt on the family of the murdered teenager.
Ria Chatterjee reports:
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said that he was "shocked" by allegations that undercover officers hunted for information to smear the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.
The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence will go to New Scotland Yard to see Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to discuss claims that undercover officers hunted for information to smear her family.
Speaking at City Hall in London this morning, Sir Bernard said he would try to answer some of the 13 questions that her lawyer Imran Khan has put forward to the force, but insisted that it is not for him to call for a public inquiry.
We can see if we can answer those questions, we can tell her what we're doing.
At the end of the day all I have to offer is a police inquiry. Whether or not the Government or Parliament is persuaded by that, I can't really say any more than I have said already.
The Home Secretary has said she will attempt to find the "quickest way" to answer questions from the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, after meeting with mother Doreen today.
A Home Office spokesman said:
The Home Secretary is grateful to Doreen and Stuart Lawrence and their representatives for coming to the meeting today.
The Home Secretary understands that these fresh allegations have only added to the suffering of the Lawrence family. She will now reflect on the best and quickest way to get to the heart of all outstanding questions and will speak to the Lawrence family very soon.