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Met officer 'acted corruptly' over Stephen Lawrence murder

A REVIEW into alleged police corruption over the Met's investigation into Stephen Lawrence's murder has found reasonable ground for suspecting one officer "acted corruptly".

The report, carried out by Mark Ellison QC, named detective sergeant John Davidson as the corrupt officer.

It said at least one officer is suspected of corruption.

The Home Office today (Mar 6) published its report into allegations that police officers helped protect the racist murderers of teenager Stephen Lawrence who was killed by a white gang in 1993.

The report comes after the murdered sixth-former’s mother Doreen Lawrence, now a Labour peer, called for the home secretary to investigate the role of police in allowing her son’s killers to evade justice for nearly 20 years.

Some of the murder suspects have still not been brought to justice over the murder at a bus stop in Eltham, southeast London.

The Met denies its officers were involved in any corrupt activities in connection with the murder investigation, but Lawrence believes police shielded her son’s killers.

In response to today's publication, the Met said: [The] report considers some very serious issues that whilst in the main are historical, could have a negative impact on confidence in modern day policing.

"We await the Home Secretary's announcement on how she wishes Mr Ellison's work to be taken forward."

Two men have been imprisoned for Stephen’s murder, but there were five youths present when the 18-year-old was stabbed to death.

The 1999 Macpherson inquiry found the Met were “institutionally racist” in how they carried out the murder investigation, but concluded there had been no police corruption involved in the Met’s failings.

The report also looked into media revelations that officers were ordered to spy on the Lawrence family after the murder in order to help smear them publicly.

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