18th December 2009
A retired police constable and a police staff member have been arrested after claims that evidence was hidden in the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry. The 53-year-old man and retired 62-year-old man were held on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is examining claims that 1993 evidence was not disclosed. Mr Lawrence, 18, was stabbed to death by a gang at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London, in 1993. No-one has ever been convicted in connection with the case.
Baroness Ros Howells, a friend of Mr Lawrence’s mother Doreen said she was “delighted” at the news. “Lots of people said they gave the police evidence which was never produced.”
She added: “I am delighted with anything that clears up that mess because it was not just one person who committed a murder, it was five or six.”
A Kent Police inquiry took place into the case in 1997 followed by the Macpherson Report in 1999, which found evidence of “pernicious and institutionalised racism” in the Metropolitan Police.