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Met commissioner promises to restore trust in police

LOSS OF TRUST: Hogan-Howe (PA)

METROPOLITAN POLICE commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has set the task of his force restoring public trust in them after a damning report that found “reasonable grounds” to suspect police corruption over their investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

The report, conducted by Mark Ellison QC and commissioned by the Home Office, looked at allegations that police shielded the suspects connected to the 18-year-old’s murder in Eltham, southeast London, in 1993.

It also examined claims of undercover officers abusing their powers and spying on the Lawrence family in order to find information to smear them with.

Hogan-Howe called the review, published yesterday (Mar 6), “devastating”.

The report established that the Met had used a spy to infiltrate the Lawrence family camp.

The Met chief told the Evening Standard that Ellison’s work was “a devastating report for the Metropolitan Police and one of the worst days that I have seen as a police officer”.

He added: “I cannot rewrite history and the events of the past but I do have a responsibility to ensure the trust and the confidence of the people of London in the Met now and in the future.

“This will need a considered response to meet head on the concerns that have been expressed in yesterday's report.”

Following the report’s publication, Home Secretary Theresa May told the House of Commons that there will be a judge-led public inquiry to investigate police corruption allegations, which she called “profoundly disturbing”.

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