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Stephen Lawrence’s father: ‘Public inquiry long overdue’

RESPONSE: Neville Lawrence

THE FATHER of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has responded to the announcement of a public inquiry following a report that found undercover officers did spy on his family.

In a statement, Mr Lawrence said: “What the Home Secretary has announced today is 21 years overdue. Mark Ellison’s report has simply corroborated what I have known for the past 21 years and our long fight for truth and justice continues.”

“I sat through the last inquiry but I have yet to decide whether I can go through another inquiry. I’m not sure I can go back to square one again. It is very painful. While all this has been happening, our family has been destroyed. I now live 5,000 miles away from my children and my grandchild.”

Neville Lawrence is represented by civil liberties lawyer, Jocelyn Cockburn of Hodge Jones & Allen, she says: “There are so many issues of concern that it is hard to know where to begin. What is clear is that the police cannot investigate themselves and therefore, it is right there is a public inquiry, something, which Mr Lawrence has long called for.

“No other family has had to suffer for the length of time and in the way that the Lawrence family has at the hands of the police. I now call upon the Home Secretary to ensure that the public inquiry and specifically those issues affecting Mr Lawrence are dealt with in the utmost urgency.”

Mr Lawrence and Ms Cockburn met with the Home Secretary this afternoon.

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