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Police Watchdog To Probe Lawrence Claims
A police watchdog will investigate whether allegations of corruption in the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation were not passed on to a major inquiry.
Scotland Yard says it has called in the Independent Police Complaints Commission after reviewing "a considerable number of files and reports dating back to the 1980s".
There have been 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.
A force statement said: "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."
Despite investigating the claims for more than a month, Scotland Yard has been unable to confirm if the potentially crucial files were passed to the inquiry, headed by Sir William Macpherson.
The announcement comes after the teenager's mother, Doreen Lawrence, called for the reopening of the major public inquiry into the circumstances of his death.
Documents were said to focus on the conduct and integrity of former Metropolitan Police commander Ray Adams, who was involved in the investigation into the murder.
Mr Adams was previously questioned at the McPherson inquiry about corruption but no evidence of wrongdoing was found.
Home Secretary Theresa May has since offered to meet Mrs Lawrence, who said the claims gave further impetus to her calls for a public inquiry.
David Norris and Gary Dobson were convicted of Stephen's murder in January this year - 19 years after the crime - and sentenced to life at the Old Bailey.
what do you think?
sorry but this is becoming a bit of a drag now we know it was tragic but it is becoming repetitive every now and then they want to bring all and sundry up time to let him rest in peace i think the pot has been milked sorry no disrespect but it is now done is this a ploy for more media cash i hope not let him rest in peace
there is corruption everywhere and you will never get rid of it.
You would think that this is the only murder that has ever occurred. I,m sorry that a young man was killed so tragically but he is just one of very many so why should he be so special and there has been a fair trial and the perpetrators caught at long last and have been given their punishment. So can,t we lay it to rest.
if this was a white lad on a council estate would any politicians care - its is a great pity that thossand a whites have died since, but most don't matter because of the colour of their skin
for heavens let it lie very few people are interested or indeed care .
This is getting ridicules how much more of our money is going to be wasted on these futile exercises. Just so the legal profession can make more money
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