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Stephen Lawrence's mother urges ex-police officers to help new inquiry

The mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence, has appealed to former police officers and criminals to come forward with information for a new investigation into his death.

Stephen Lawrence's mother Baroness Lawrence Credit: PA

On Friday, it emerged that the Metropolitan Police are being investigated for alleged corruption over their initial handling of the case.

Doreen Lawrence told the Guardian: "We still believe that corruption played a part in keeping Stephen’s killers free. We have had to fight to get this far, so we can finally have a criminal investigation into the former police officers we suspect.

“We ask those that have any information, be they former police officers or criminals, to examine their conscience. They should come forward, so justice can be done", she added.

Any findings from the inquiry, which has been active for six months, will be reported back to the police watchdog, and could result in criminal or misconduct proceedings where failures have been identified.


IPCC to investigate Lord Stevens over Lawrence case

Lord Stevens is being investigated in relation to the police's handling of the Stephen Lawrence case. Credit: Yui Mok / PA Archive/PA Images

Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in connection with the inquiry into Scotland Yard's handling of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

The IPCC confirmed it was investigating the UK's former highest-ranking serving officer over his evidence to the Macpherson Inquiry in 1998, which found "institutional racism" within the Metropolitan Police.

Scotland Yard said it had referred the matter to the IPCC last year after a complaint following the damning review of the Lawrence case by Mark Ellison QC.

A Met police spokeswoman said the complaint was made "in relation to Lord Stevens' role as the then deputy commissioner and disclosure to the Macpherson Inquiry".

I'm glad that they're actually doing what they were supposed to do because this is not the first time that we've asked them to look into it and they've come back with a negative result.

I'm hoping that this time they're going to come back this time with a result that can help us to get further into the truth of what was happening during the investigation into Stephen's death.

– Neville Lawrence speaking to Channel 4 news

An IPCC spokeswoman said: "We can confirm we are independently investigating Lord Stevens following a referral from the Metropolitan Police."

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

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