Father of Stephen Lawrence fears violence has got worse since his son's death

The father of Stephen Lawrence has spoken of his concern about the violence on Britain's streets Credit: ITN

The father of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has expressed concerns that violence on Britain's streets is even worse than when his son was killed back in 1993.

Stephen was stabbed to death by a gang while waiting for a bus in Eltham in south-east London.

Speaking on the 20th anniversary of the Macpherson Report, which branded the Metropolitan Police "institutionally racist" in their bungled investigation into the murder, Neville Lawrence called for a new body to to ensure its findings are implemented.

Mr Lawrence said: "When my son was murdered I felt it was really important to help stop the mayhem by getting the recommendations in the Macpherson Report implemented. But while it was mayhem then, it is actually worse now.

"The report was Stephen's legacy and crucial reform was brought in as a result. But that legacy is at risk as there is no steering group ensuring the report's findings are carried out.

"While a lot of things have improved, the disproportionate number of black people being subject to stop and search continues to increase, as do the numbers of BAME people dying after use of police force and restraint."