Met chief meets Mrs Lawrence

The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has met the Metropolitan Police Commissioner today to discuss claims that undercover officers hunted for information to smear her family.

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Doreen Lawrence: 'We want answers'

Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, arrives at the Home Office with her legal team. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, said "we want answers" after she met Home Secretary Theresa May today and called for an open inquiry into claims police tried to smear her family.

Doreen Lawrence: 'All options open' after May meeting

The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said her meeting with Home Secretary Theresa May has been "promising", adding that she had "listened yo what we had to say".

Lawrence father suspicious over 'police informer'

The father of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said he suspected there was an informer in his camp because the police always seemed to know more than he told them.

Neville Lawrence, father of Stephen Lawrence. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Neville Lawrence told Daybreak: "A lot of time we thought there was somebody listening to us. "We thought, 'how come they [the police] know what we're gonna do before we do it?'"

He also admitted that he had even accused a woman in the campaign of being an informer. "I think I have to find a way to talk to the person we had accused of being a traitor in the camp and apologise to her," he said.

Speaking about the claims that police tried to discredit the family of the murdered teenager, he said: "I can't believe it, I still can't believe it. After all this time I'm trying to find out what kind of person would do this to a family who is in bereavement."

Watch the interview at ITV News.

Lawrence family want 'efficient, focused inquiry'

The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence is due to meet the Home Secretary today to discuss claims that undercover police officers hunted for information to smear her family. Her lawyer Michael Mansfield said:

She will be wanting something done in public and the nearest example is Leveson, or an alternative scenario is one like the Hillsborough panel that looks at all the material. One of these two has got to happen. Not another internal inquiry which will not be made public because they will claim it's sensitive information.

We're not talking about a public inquiry that takes years and a report that gets left on the back burner, we're talking about an efficient, focused inquiry.


Lawrence lawyer fears police 'bugged him'

One of Doreen Lawrence's lawyers Michael Mansfield QC. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Lawyers for the mother of murdered teenage Stephen Lawrence have said they are concerned they might have been bugged by police.

The BBC cited a senior police source as saying that police bugged meetings between themselves, Stephen Lawrence's friend Duwayne Brooks and his lawyer.

Michael Mansfield QC, who represents the Lawrence family with fellow lawyer Imran Khan, said: "I'm wondering if they did exactly the same with Imran and myself. I will want assurances that they have not done that. It's a very serious situation."

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Scope for 'further' Lawrence plot investigations

Plans for two continuing inquiries to consider claims of a smear plot against Stephen Lawrence's family allow for the possibility of further investigations, including prosecutions, Downing Street has said.

On Monday, Mrs May told MPs the allegations would be considered by the inquiry into the undercover operations of the Special Demonstration Squad in London in the 1980s and 1990s.

Theresa May made a statement about allegations of a smear plot against the Lawrence family on Monday. Credit: PA

They will also be scrutinised by the review of alleged police corruption in the original Lawrence inquiry, which is being conducted by Mark Ellison QC.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "There is scope here for further investigations because it is absolutely vital that we get to the bottom of is important that it is done quickly."

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