'No evidence' of spying on Lawrence campaigners

A police force asked to look into whether its officers spied on anti-racism campaigners in the wake of Stephen Lawrence's murder has said it has found no evidence of such actions.

Last week, West Midlands Police was asked by the Home Office to look into its records relating to the national Macpherson Inquiry as part of its work to investigate the Metropolitan Police's original investigation the teenager's murder.

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

The Midlands force said it had "found no evidence or intelligence to suggest that West Midlands Police ordered or carried out intelligence or surveillance activity on those connected to or involved in the Macpherson Inquiry".

The investigations were sparked after a former undercover officer with the Metropolitan Police, Peter Francis, claimed that attempts were made to find information to smear the Lawrence family following Stephen's murder in Eltham, London, in April 1993.