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Police inquiry following Stephen Lawrence corruption

An inquiry into undercover policing will open today. Home Secretary Theresa May ordered the inquiry last year after it was found that police placed someone in the Stephen Lawrence campaign group to spy on the family of the murdered teenager.

Theresa May gives a statement following a report examining the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation. Credit: PA

May describes undercover policing as "essential", but says there's a need to restore the public's confidence in the tactic.

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.

Senior Met officer investigated over Stephen Lawrence case

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to launch an investigation into the conduct of a senior Metropolitan Police officer.

It has been alleged that Commander Richard Walton obtained information about the family of Stephen Lawrence and their supporters "potentially undermining the inquiry (into Stephen's murder) and public confidence",

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Reports of lorry loads of shredding 'do not match up'

Sir Bernard Hogan Howe said reports of "lorry loads" of shredding did not match up with the accounts he had heard.

In terms of when we knew about the shredding, it was on February 4 this year when officers who were providing information to Mr Ellison became aware by talking to a witness that there had been some shredding and immediately - or by the fifth - we shared that information with Mr Ellison.

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Met chief: If shredding allegations are true 'serious blot on reputation'

Bernard Hogan Howe agrees that if allegations of corruption documents being shredded are true, it is a "serious blot on the Met's reputation".

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe gives evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Committee Credit: PA Wire

The Met Commissioner said it was not wise for the Met to be involved in the further investigation into John Davidson, the officer said to have been corrupt.

Questions remain over possible police cover-up

The Home Affairs Select Committee will today take evidence on the Stephen Lawrence Independent Review from Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

He is expected to answer questions on alleged corruption in the Force during the Lawrence murder inquiry.

Mark Ellison QC uncovered possible evidence of corruption in Met Police during his review of the Lawrence murder investigation. Stephen Lawrence was murdered in South East London in 1993 and the Metropolitan Police have been heavily criticized for their handling of the case.

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