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IPCC to investigate Lord Stevens over Lawrence case

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.

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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."

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