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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",

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.

  1. Ronke Phillips: Senior Correspondent

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.

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.

  1. Toby Sadler

Lawrence friend criticises Met Police

The best friend of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has spoken for the first time since a damning report found police spied on the Lawrence family.

Duwayne Brooks - who witnessed Stephen's murder in Eltham in 1993 - criticised the Metropolitan Police for insitutional predjudice and said more Londoners from all communities should join the force.

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