Stephen Lawrence: Police say new information has come in
originally by: BBC News
published: 4th January 2012
Detectives in the Stephen Lawrence case were given new information during the trial of two men convicted for his murder, it has been revealed.
Police said there had been at least five calls from the public and the information was being evaluated. Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were jailed for life for the 1993 racist killing in south-east London. Britain’s top police officer has said the remaining suspects in the case “should not rest easily in their beds”.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said the force was “actively reviewing the consequences of what opportunities might be presented” by the convictions. He added: “Anything you know, please tell us. We can make a difference in this case still.” Book: The Case of Stephen Lawrence >
The new development was revealed by Det Ch Insp Clive Driscoll, who was commended by the trial judge for his work on the latest investigation. He said: “We have had people who have phoned in during the trial and offered their assistance and we are looking at that to the best of our abilities. People will always phone in when you get this type of case.”
Det Ch Insp Driscoll, who has led the investigation since 2006, said officers would visit Dobson and Norris in prison to see whether they would assist the inquiry.
He said this was standard procedure where other offenders remained at large – but even if they did help police there is no possibility of reducing sentences.
Dobson was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years and two months and Norris 14 years and three months. Gary Dobson and David Norris were sentenced at the Old Bailey
Det Ch Insp Driscoll said he felt “optimistic” about progress in the case and said there were still opportunities to gather forensic evidence.
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