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Stephen Lawrence's mother urges ex-police officers to help new inquiry

The mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence, has appealed to former police officers and criminals to come forward with information for a new investigation into his death.

Stephen Lawrence's mother Baroness Lawrence Credit: PA

On Friday, it emerged that the Metropolitan Police are being investigated for alleged corruption over their initial handling of the case.

Doreen Lawrence told the Guardian: "We still believe that corruption played a part in keeping Stephen’s killers free. We have had to fight to get this far, so we can finally have a criminal investigation into the former police officers we suspect.

“We ask those that have any information, be they former police officers or criminals, to examine their conscience. They should come forward, so justice can be done", she added.

Any findings from the inquiry, which has been active for six months, will be reported back to the police watchdog, and could result in criminal or misconduct proceedings where failures have been identified.


IPCC to investigate Lord Stevens over Lawrence case

Lord Stevens is being investigated in relation to the police's handling of the Stephen Lawrence case. Credit: Yui Mok / PA Archive/PA Images

Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in connection with the inquiry into Scotland Yard's handling of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

The IPCC confirmed it was investigating the UK's former highest-ranking serving officer over his evidence to the Macpherson Inquiry in 1998, which found "institutional racism" within the Metropolitan Police.

Scotland Yard said it had referred the matter to the IPCC last year after a complaint following the damning review of the Lawrence case by Mark Ellison QC.

A Met police spokeswoman said the complaint was made "in relation to Lord Stevens' role as the then deputy commissioner and disclosure to the Macpherson Inquiry".

I'm glad that they're actually doing what they were supposed to do because this is not the first time that we've asked them to look into it and they've come back with a negative result.

I'm hoping that this time they're going to come back this time with a result that can help us to get further into the truth of what was happening during the investigation into Stephen's death.

– Neville Lawrence speaking to Channel 4 news

An IPCC spokeswoman said: "We can confirm we are independently investigating Lord Stevens following a referral from the Metropolitan Police."

Criminals 'should be convicted of the crime committed'

People should be deterred from being involved in criminal gang activities but those involved in so-called "joint enterprise" crimes should be sentenced for the crime they are guilty of, Sir Alan Beith has said.

The Justice Committee, chaired by the MP, has called for a review of the legislation, which currently contains a rule that in a joint enterprise murder, it is not possible to charge "minor" players with a lesser offence such as manslaughter.

MPs urge review of laws used to convict Stephen's killers

An urgent review is needed into the so-called 'joint enterprise' legislation which was used to convict the men who murdered black teenager Stephen Laurence, a group of MPs has said.

The 'joint enterprise' rules were used to convict the killers of Stephen Lawrence Credit: ITV News

The legislation currently contains a rule that in a joint enterprise murder, it is not possible to charge "minor" players - who did not encourage or assist in the crime - with a lesser offence such as manslaughter.

The Justice Committee wants that rule scrapped to stop people being sentenced to life in prison for murder when they were not directly involved in the killing.

Joint enterprise laws can apply to any offence, but has recently been used to prosecute murders - in particular ones involving gangs.

Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted and jailed under 'joint enterprise' for Stephen Lawrence's murder Credit: PA

They have been invoked in a number of high-profile cases, including the 1993 stabbing of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence in south London.

David Norris and Gary Dobson were convicted under the rules for his murder.

No charges for sixth man held over Stephen Lawrence death

A sixth man held over the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993 will not be charged after prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence.

The Crown Prosecution Service said no further action would be taken against the man, who has not been named and was arrested 11 months ago.

"After careful consideration it has been decided that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction," deputy chief crown prosecutor Lionel Idan said.

Mr Lawrence was 18 when he was stabbed to death by a group of up to six white youths in an unprovoked attack as he waited at a bus stop in Well Hall Road, Eltham, south east London, with a friend


IPCC investigate conduct of officers in Lawrence case

An investigation has been launched over the conduct of one serving and two former Met Police officers in relation to the Stephen Lawrence case.

Stephen Lawrence was killed in a racist murder over 20 years ago. Credit: ITV News

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will investigate allegations of discreditable conduct and breaches of honesty and integrity by Commander Richard Walton.

He is accused of meeting with an undercover officer in 1998 and obtaining information about the family of Lawrence and their supporters "potentially undermining the inquiry (into Stephen's murder) and public confidence", the commission has announced.

They will also investigate allegations of discreditable conduct on the part of two former Met officers - then Detective Inspector Robert Lambert and Commander Colin Black.

The IPCC started the probe after the Stephen Lawrence Independent Review undertaken by Mark Ellison QC.

Doreen Lawrence tipped as Labour Mayor candidate

The mother of Stephen Lawrence is being tipped as Labour's candidate to fight the 2016 London mayoral elections.

Doreen Lawrence has campaigned for justice since her teenage son was murdered in 1993, and was named the most powerful woman in the country in a list compiled for Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

Baroness Lawrence founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to support young people from ethnic minority backgrounds. Credit: PA

Labour policy coordinator Jon Cruddas MP wrote in The Sunday People that the "influential and dynamic" peer is "a class act and going from strength to strength".

A Labour Party spokeswoman said: "The Labour Party's selection process for our London Mayoral candidate is not yet under way."

Theresa May vow over undercover Lawrence police

Home Secretary Theresa May has said it may be difficult to find out who was responsible for authorising an undercover police officer to spy on the family of Stephen Lawrence.

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.

Home Secretary Theresa May. Credit: Press Association

She spoke after Labour's Diane Abbott called for an assurance the identity of whoever authorised the Special Demonstration Squad's (SDS) "spy in the Lawrence camp" will be revealed.

But Mrs May suggested 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 said: "I think everybody in this House and across the country was shocked at the findings of the Ellison review, particularly in relation to the question that there was somebody from the

Special Demonstration Squad who was, in the terms that Mark Ellison put it, effectively a spy in the camp around the Lawrence family.

"Every effort will be made to ensure that the truth comes out in relation to this."

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