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  • 24 March 2014, 5:12

Stephen Lawrence Plaque: Two Held Over Damage

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after an incident at the Stephen Lawrence memorial plaque.

The plaque stands in Well Hall Road, Eltham, where Stephen was attacked by a gang of white youths in 1993.

The Metropolitan Police said the damage at the memorial happened in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It is believed that a flowerpot was broken and the plaque was spat at.

The pair, aged 18 and 19, were taken into custody and later bailed until 29 May.

Officers from Greenwich borough are investigating.

Stephen, 18, was set upon by up to six youths in the unprovoked attack as he waited at a bus stop in Well Hall Road.

After an initial confrontation, Stephen ran to Dickson Road where he was fatally stabbed.

He managed to run another 130 yards before collapsing.

Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted of his murder in January 2012.

Stephen's mother, Doreen Lawrence, led a campaign to expose the failings of the police investigation into her son's murder.

The case and its handling by police became notorious and forced a reassessment of how police investigated racially motivated crimes.

Earlier this month, Home Secretary Theresa May ordered a public inquiry into undercover policing following a report by barrister Mark Ellison on alleged corruption in the Lawrence case.