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Finding who ordered undercover Lawrence officer might be difficult due to 'mass shredding' of evidence

Home Secretary Theresa May MP said it might be difficult to find out who ordered the "spy" Credit: PA/PA Wire

Home Secretary Theresa May has suggested it may be difficult to find out who was responsible for authorising an undercover police officer to spy on the family of Stephen Lawrence following the black teenager's racist murder.

Hackney MP Diane Abbott wants assurances that whoever ordered the undercover officer is revealed Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

But Mrs May assured MPs that "every effort" will be made to ensure the truth comes out in the numerous investigations and inquiries into the police's conduct after Stephen was killed.

She said that Scotland Yard's record keeping on its own investigations into police corruption may make it difficult after the review also revealed the mass shredding of key evidence in 2003.

She spoke after Labour Hackney MP Diane Abbott called for an assurance that the identity of whoever authorised the Special Demonstration Squad's "spy in the Lawrence camp" will be revealed.

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