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Man who survived Lawrence attack honoured with OBE

Duwayne Brooks has been honoured with an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Credit: Toby Melville / PA Archive/Press Association Images

The man who survived the race-hate attack in which Stephen Lawrence was murdered has been honoured with an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Duwayne Brooks, who was at a bus stop in Eltham, south east London, when the pair were set upon by a gang in April 1993, has been awarded an OBE for public and political service.

Since that day Mr Brooks has launched a career in local politics with much of his work focusing on safer communities.

He has been a Liberal Democrat councillor in the inner city region of Lewisham in south east London and hopes to be the Party's candidate for London mayor.

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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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