IPCC to probe Lawrence case

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to investigate whether allegations of corruption in the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation were not passed on to a major inquiry.

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Met statement comes as Doreen Lawrence calls for reopening of public inquiry

Stephen Lawrence's mother has been calling for the reopening of the major public inquiry into the circumstances of his death Credit: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

The Metropolitan Police statement came as Stephen's mother Doreen Lawrence joined a vigil with the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager who was shot dead in Florida by a Neighbourhood Watch volunteer.

Mrs Lawrence has been calling for the reopening of the major public inquiry into the circumstances of his death.

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Ex-Met commander focus of some Lawrence corruption allegations

Scotland Yard has said that the IPCC will investigate whether allegations of corruption in the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation were not passed on to a major inquiry.

The review was sparked amid claims that a confidential report compiled by the force's anti-corruption command was not disclosed to the 1998 Macpherson inquiry.

Some documents are said to focus on the conduct and integrity of former Met commander Ray Adams, who was involved in the murder probe.

No criminal or misconduct charges were brought as a result of the internal investigation into Mr Adams.

He was questioned at the Macpherson inquiry about corruption, but no evidence of wrongdoing was found.

Scotland Yard statement on Stephen Lawrence corruption probe

A statement from the Metropolitan Police about the IPCC's investigation into allegations of corruption in the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation said:

"The Directorate of Professional Standards has reviewed a considerable number of files and reports dating back to the 1980s as well as conducting interviews with a number of key individuals involved in the original investigation into both Stephen Lawrence's murder and police corruption.

"We have retrieved a number of key documents, which greatly assist in understanding what material was available to the Macpherson inquiry and are now in the process of sharing our findings with the Independent Police Complaints Commission so that they can review it in the light of their previous involvement in the case."

– Metropolitan Police statement

IPCC to probe corruption allegations in Stephen Lawrence investigation

Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death as he made his way home in south east London in 1993 Credit: Family handout

The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, will investigate whether allegations of corruption in the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation were not passed on to a major inquiry.

Scotland Yard said it called in the IPCC after reviewing "a considerable number of files and reports dating back to the 1980s".

The review was sparked amid claims that a confidential report compiled by the force's anti-corruption command was not disclosed to the panel of the 1998 Macpherson inquiry that examined the force's handling of the case.

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