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Stephen Lawrence's brother wants role in public inquiry

The brother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said he would agree to take part in a probe into police records following a damning report which found that officers spied on his family.

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Evidence Lawrence detective 'acted corruptly'

There is evidence to suggest that Detective Sergeant John Davidson acted corruptly during the murder investigation of teenager Stephen Lawrence, the Ellison review has found.

Detective Sergeant John Davidson Credit: Roland Hoskins/Daily Mail

Mark Ellison QC said there was a high level of suspicion that the former officer was corrupt both before and after he worked on the police investigation.

The Ellison report said that in July 1998, Scotland Yard's Anti-Corruption Command heard claims made against Mr Davidson, but they were not shared or revealed by the public inquiry into police racism led by Sir William Macpherson in the wake of Lawrence's murder.

Mr Ellison said that, while independent corroboration of some of the allegations did not currently exist, there were "outstanding lines of inquiry" that could be investigated, which may change that assessment. He added:

"It is not impossible to envisage that the inquiry might have been driven to the conclusion that there must have been more to John Davidson's failure to develop information and evidence in the Lawrence investigation than simply an inappropriate manner and unfortunate unconscious racism".

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