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Police deny corruption in Lawrence case

MURDERED: Stephen Lawrence was killed by a racist gang in 1993

THE METROPOLITAN police did not withhold evidence linked to corruption from the 2006 Stephen Lawrence inquiry, an internal report has said.

The review done by the the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS), follows allegations made by several media outlets in March that police failed to disclose certain evidence regarding alleged corruption involving the lead investigator during the inquiry into the teenager’s death.

Stephen, an aspiring architect, was stabbed to death by a gang of youths in a racist attack on April 22, 1993 in Eltham, southeast London.

It had been alleged that the detective leading the original investigation had a link to the father of one of the suspects who was found guilty of murdering Stephen.

The allegations had prompted Stephen’s mother Doreen Lawrence to call for a new inquiry into his death.

However, earlier today (May 31) officers claimed that its review ‘concluded that no investigations, nor the Inquiry, have uncovered evidence of corruption or collusion which could have adversely affected or otherwise influenced the path of the original investigation or subsequent investigations’.

A different review, conducted by the IPCC, also said that there was no evidence of corruption regarding the case.

The IPCC said its review followed complaints made after a BBC Panorama programme entitled,The boys who killed Stephen Lawrence and other media reports.

Responding to the allegation, chief executive of the IPCC, Jane Furniss, said: "As part of that review, the IPCC contacted the journalists responsible for the stories to determine whether they had or were aware of any new evidence that corruption had played a part in the original murder investigation in to the death of Stephen Lawrence.

“However, despite the prominence afforded to these stories in the press,they did not provide any information or evidence to assist the review.

"We also contacted Mr and Mrs Lawrence’s solicitors who confirmed that they had no new evidence or material that could assist the review.”

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