Neville Lawrence 'betrayed' by smear plot allegations

I am dismayed about the new information that has come to light as a result of the Dispatches investigation.

I’ve always felt that my family was under greater investigation than those guilty of killing my beloved Stephen. It is unthinkable that in the extremely dark days and months after my son’s murder that my family were subject to such scrutiny.

I’ve worked with the police since Stephen’s death in good faith to bring the perpetrators to justice and help the police learn the lessons set out in the Macpherson report. I feel betrayed by this latest news and it has taken away the faith I had started to build in the police.

I understand that the Home Secretary has announced that she will extend the inquiries of Mark Ellison QC and Operation Hearn, I would like to make it clear that I find this completely unsatisfactory.

I am convinced that nothing short of a judge-led public inquiry will suffice and I have no confidence that the measures announced today will get to the bottom of this matter.

– Stephen Lawrence's father Neville