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Lawrence family smears: IPCC won't pursue officer claims

SMEAR CLAIMS: Doreen Lawrence was upset by allegations made against police that they used undercover officers to dig up dirt against her family after her son Stephen was murdered in 1993 (PA)

THE INDEPENDENT Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will not be investigating police complaint referrals made in relation to the inquiry of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

The referrals, made by several police forces including the Met, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire police, allege there were instances of corruption and unsatisfactory use of undercover policing during the original Stephen Lawrence investigation and the Macpherson Inquiry.

The IPCC have assessed all related information available, including by the IPCC on-going review of undercover policing led by chief constable Mick Creedon, but will not be pursuing the allegations further at this time.

“On the face of it, there is no indication of recordable conduct as there is nothing to suggest that there was any tasking relating to the Lawrence family or those connected with the family", the police watchdog said in a statement.

"If any evidence of recordable conduct does emerge, the matters should be re-referred.

“The IPCC has notified the relevant forces, appropriate authorities and other interested parties, including Doreen and Neville Lawrence and the witness at the centre of the West Yorkshire Police referral, of its decisions and rationale.”

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