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Home Secretary to meet Doreen Lawrence over 'smear' claims

MEETING: Doreen Lawrence, left, and Theresa May

DOREEN LAWRENCE is to meet Home Secretary Theresa May amid allegations that the Metropolitan Police initiated a "smear" campaign against the family using undercover officers following the murder of her son in 1993.

Stephen Lawrence was 18 when he was fatally attacked by a gang of white youths near a bus stop in Eltham, southeast London.

The meeting with May comes after the Home Secretary confirmed on Monday that there are two current inquiries examining the allegations.

It is thought that the meeting was set up by the Conservative politician to reassure the Lawrence family that any investigation will be thorough.

Lawrence and May are scheduled to discuss the matter tomorrow (June 26).

Human rights lawyer Michael Mansfield will also be at the meeting, and said he will request a judge-led inquiry.

Stephen's father, Neville Lawrence said he felt "betrayed" and "had no confidence" in government promises to explore the smear claims and also is calling for a "judge-led public inquiry."

Scotland Yard is said to also be looking into the fresh claims that Duwayne Brooks, who witnessed the murder of Stephen, had his confidential meetings bugged.

Brooks and his lawyer Jane Deighton have claimed they were unaware their police meetings were being recorded.

Former undercover cop turned whistleblower Peter Francis revealed that he was asked by the Met to dig up intelligence to discredit Lawrence's family, Brooks and those associated with the justice campaign for Stephen.

Lawrence said that this was the most surprising thing she had heard about the police investigation into her son’s murder.

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