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Duwayne Brooks to meet Nick Clegg over Met misconduct claims

MEETING: Duwayne Brooks

DUWAYNE BROOKS, who was with teenager Stephen Lawrence when he was murdered by racists in 1993, will meet with deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today (July 5) to discuss allegations that police bugged his meetings with them.

Brooks claims that he and his lawyers met with police in 1999 or 2000 and says officers were given authorisation to use bugs.

The meeting, which Brooks will attend with his team Jane Deighton and Beverley McBean, was set up after Peter Francis, a former undercover policeman, alleged that he had been told to find information to smear the Lawrence family after the killing.

Following the claims, Lawrence's parents called for a public inquiry into the allegations, which the teenager's mother said made her feel "sick to the stomach".

After meeting the home secretary last week, she said: "We want to be open and not behind closed doors, so that we can hear once and for all exactly what was going on after Stephen was murdered."

Stephen Lawrence, 18, was killed as he waited for a bus with Brooks in Eltham, south London.

It took over 18 years for police to bring two of his killers to justice, despite the suspects in the racially-motivated attack being locally identified.

Theresa May has said she will meet Mrs Lawrence again to discuss what should happen next.

She initially suggested that an inquiry led by barrister Mark Ellison QC into alleged corruption in the original Lawrence murder investigation could be extended, as well as a police investigation into undercover work.

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