New police watchdog ‘corruption’ probe into Stephen Lawrence case

13:52 12 May 2012

Undated family handout photo of Stephen Lawrence PIC: Family Handout/PA Wire

Undated family handout photo of Stephen Lawrence PIC: Family Handout/PA Wire

Fresh claims of curruption at Scotland Yard in the investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence are being reviewed by the police watchdog.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is helping the Metropolitan Police to check piles of files and reports – amid claims a confidential report compiled by the force’s anti-corruption command was not disclosed to the panel of the 1998 Macpherson inquiry.

Some of the allegations centre on a former Met Commander’s relationship with M25 killer Kenneth Noye.

No criminal or misconduct charges were brought as a result of a previous internal investigation at Scotland Yard.

It has also been claimed that another Scotland Yard officer, who interviewed the suspects following Stephen’s killing, had links to Clifford Norris.

A Metropolitan Police statement 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.”

The involvement of the Independent Police Complaints Commission in the review comes after the teenager’s mother, Doreen Lawrence, called for the reopening of the major public inquiry into the circumstances of the racist murder.

“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,” a spokesman said.

David Norris and Gary Dobson were convicted of Stephen’s murder in January - 19 years after the crime - and sentenced to life at the Old Bailey.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Friday, August 28, 2015
Jeremy Corbyn.

A disposable coffee cup used by Jeremy Corbyn as sold in an online auction for £51.

Friday, August 28, 2015
She was playing with her family in Hanworth Park when she was hit by the pellet that could have killed her (Photo: Google StreetView)

The little girl was running from her mother to her grandfather in Hanworth Park when they heard a loud noise like an air rifle shot.

Police say she could have been killed.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Police are investigating a rape in Park Road on Sunday

A crime scene has been set up after a woman reported being raped in Muswell Hill in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Friday, August 28, 2015
On second thoughts, just stay at home

We know you’re eager to make the most of the long weekend, so check out our guide to avoid spending it stuck in traffic or at the train station as you try to get around London.

Friday, August 28, 2015
A Game of Thrones White Walker would not stand for any Tube strike

From the inspirational to the downright bonkers, here are 23 things you’d only see in London.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more