The Metropolitan Police commissioner has said he is "pleased" after meeting with the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence over claims that undercover officers hunted for information to smear her family.
After the meeting, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "The Deputy Commissioner and I were very pleased to have the opportunity to meet Doreen and Stuart Lawrence today. It was a constructive meeting.
"These are serious allegations and I understand why the Lawrence family want answers quickly. I am determined for Operation Herne to establish the facts as quickly as possible for an operation of this size".
The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said it will "take a while to gain back trust again" after she met Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to discuss claims that undercover officers hunted for information to smear her family.
Speaking after the meeting, Doreen Lawrence said:
It's going to take some time to build that trust again. I think people at times felt they were beginning to - but I think that's just destroyed some of that now so they need to find some way of how to build that trust yet again.
The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence said after her meeting with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, that she thinks his answers to her questions over an alleged smear campaign were "frank".
"The commissioner was frank with some of his answers that he gave us. He answered some of our questions, and some of that he still needs to give us answers to", she said.
Asked if she had confidence in the commissioner, Mrs Lawrence said: "I think what I do have, or what I realise is that whatever he said he is trying to do, I think he will do it.
She added: "It's like taking a couple of steps back and I think it will take a little while to gain that trust again".
Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, has arrived at New Scotland Yard, for a meeting with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, to discuss claims that undercover police officers hunted for information to smear her family.
Greater Manchester Police has responded to reports that a memo was issued to officers at the force to gather information on groups attending the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry in Manchester in 1998. In a statement, the force said:
"GMP is aware of coverage in the media which relates to the public hearings of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry that were held in Manchester in 1998.
"Concerns have been raised regarding a memo that was issued which is believed to have requested GMP officers to gather information on groups or individuals who were attending these hearings.
"Due to the length of time that has elapsed since then, efforts to locate this memo and any other related material remain ongoing.
"GMP recognises the need to fully explore the legitimacy of the use of any such tactics.
"We are taking these concerns very seriously and this matter will be fully investigated. A voluntary referral is being made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and we are in contact with the Metropolitan Police Service.
"In the meantime we will secure and preserve any information we find which may help any ongoing or future investigations.
"We understand that this is a very sensitive and emotive subject for all concerned and that a full investigation of the issues is necessary."
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has said he will be meeting with the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence and with her lawyer Imran Khan at Scotland Yard tomorrow.
Doreen Lawrence, mother of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, has said she believes that only an inquiry held in public can get to the truth over claims that police tried to smear her family.
Speaking after a meeting with the Home Secretary Theresa May, she said:
We want it to be open and not behind closed doors, so that we can hear once and for all exactly what was going on after Stephen was murdered.
Over the years with what we've talked about and how we've been trying to get to the truth around Stephen, I don't think anything can give us that unless it is out in public.
I think unless we have a public inquiry and go through the whole thing we will never get to the bottom of it.
I felt sick to the stomach because it was not what I expected. We thought that we'd heard everything.
This is just the tip of the iceberg now.
Doreen Lawrence has said that the meeting with the Home Secretary was "promising" and that all options remain open on holding a public inquiry.
She said she will have another meeting with Theresa May and that she doesn't trust a police inquiry into undercover cops.
She added that she had felt sick to her stomach when she first heard the allegations of a police attempt to smear her family.
Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, said "we want answers" after she met Home Secretary Theresa May today.
She has called for an open inquiry into claims that police tried to smear her family.