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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."

Met Police to seek meeting with Lawrences after claims

Scotland Yard is to request a private meeting with the parents of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence to share the findings of the criminal investigation into alleged misconduct by undercover officers.

Scotland Yard to request meeting with Lawrence family after findings. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The force is writing to Doreen and Neville Lawrence in order to discuss Operation Herne, the probe into Scotland Yard's Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) - the top secret unit that was up and running for nearly 40 years.

Brother of Stephen Lawrence 'would join probe'

The brother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said he would agree to take part in a probe into police records following a damning report which found that officers spied on his family.

Stephen Lawrence's mother Doreen Lawrence and brother Stuart pictured in 2012. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe plans to appoint an "independent multi-disciplinary team" to search the force's archives for any available evidence for a public inquiry into undercover policing.

Read: Undercover police inquiry after Lawrence case corruption findings

Speaking to the BBC, Stuart Lawrence said: "I reserve judgment until I hear who he's tried to employ to try to do this job and I wouldn't mind being part of the team myself to ensure the job is done".

Baroness Lawrence demands action on 'devastating' claims

Doreen Lawrence has called for 'decisive action' after a report found the Metropolitan Police spied on her family Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has demanded the Metropolitan police chief take "decisive action" after a damning report found officers had spied on her family.

Baroness Lawrence has urged Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to co-operate fully with the judicial inquiry ordered by the Home Secretary following the Ellison review's "devastating" revelations, in a letter seen by the BBC.

A report by barrister Mark Ellison QC published this week found that one of the officers on the original investigation into Stephen's death, detective sergeant John Davidson, may have acted corruptly.

It was claimed that Davidson had admitted having a "corrupt connection" with Clifford Norris, the gangland boss father of David Norris, who was finally convicted of Stephen's murder in 2012.

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