Stephen Lawrence 'new leads'

An anniversary appeal for information on the murder of Stephen Lawrence has prompted two "very significant" phone calls, police have said.

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Stephen Lawrence appeal prompts 'significant leads'

An anniversary appeal for information on the murder of Stephen Lawrence has prompted two "very significant" phone calls, police have said.

Stephen Lawrence was killed in a in a racist murder 20 years ago. Credit: PA

The appeal was broadcast on the BBC's Crimewatch programme last night, a week after the 20th anniversary of the racist attack in Eltham, south east London.

Officers are now following up a number of phone calls received after the programme.

Detective Chief Inspector Clive Driscoll said they had many calls last night, but two in particular were "very significant".

"One could produce a potential eyewitness to the attack, and one gives very good background information about suspects already known," he said.

"In addition to that we have also had three phone calls about the green jumper or jacket and we will certainly be making inquiries around those bits of information to verify them."

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Met: We have always known there were others involved

Although two individuals are serving a life sentence in connection with this murder, we have always known there were other people involved in the attack ...

It is hoped this appeal will assist with our inquiries.

We believe there were people in the area that night who may have seen something. Not the murder itself necessarily but events or individuals leading up to the event.

I am taking this opportunity to appeal directly to those people to come forward and speak to us. You may think you won't remember something from so long ago, but we would still implore you to come forward.

– DCI Clive Driscoll, metropolitan police

Police believe witnesses have not yet come forward

Police believe there were a number of individuals close to the scene of Stephen Lawrence's murder in Eltham in 1993 who have not yet come forward.

In particular they are interested in speaking to:

  • Two men who got off a bus at the stop opposite where Stephen was attacked and walked southbound along the east side of Well Hall Road.
  • A man who ran from the area of Well Hall Road roundabout to the bus stop on the same side as the attack (west side).
  • Anyone else in the general vicinity; such as those outside The Coronet Cinema and on passing buses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8310. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police release artist's impression of possible witness

Metropolitan Police have released an artist's impression of man who was close to the scene of Stephen Lawrence's murder in the hope that he will come forward as a witness.

Artist's impression of a potential witness to Stephen Lawrence's murder Credit: Metropolitan Police

They describe the man as wearing a "very distinctive green jacket with a large V" and believe he was walking on the east side of Well Hall Road towards the scene of the attack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8310. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Fresh witness appeal over Stephen Lawrence attack

Stephen Lawrence was killed in a in a racist murder 20 years ago

Police will tonight appear on Crimewatch to launch a fresh appeal for witnesses to the murder of Stephen Lawrence 20 years since the attack.

Stephen was stabbed to death by a group of up to six white youths in an unprovoked racist attack as he waited at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London in 1993.

Two men have previously been convicted over the murder, but the case remains open. Police hope that by walking viewers through the events again they may persuade witnesses to come forward.

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