Police watchdog probes Stephen Lawrence spy claims

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The police watchdog is investigating claims that one of Britain's most senior policemen met an undercover officer who spied on the Stephen Lawrence family.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it had started an investigation into allegations of "discreditable conduct and breaches of honesty and integrity" on the part of Metropolitan Police commander Richard Walton.

He was temporarily removed from his job as head of the counter-terrorism command SO15 in March following the publication of Mark Ellison QC's report into the original Lawrence murder investigation.

Mr Ellison revealed that an undercover officer - known as N81 - held a meeting in 1998 with Mr Walton, who was then an acting detective inspector working on Scotland Yard's Lawrence review team, responsible for making submissions to the Macpherson Inquiry.

The IPCC said it will also investigate allegations of discreditable conduct by two former officers, then-detective inspector Robert Lambert and Commander Colin Black, who were both identified in the review as having played a part in facilitating the meeting with the undercover officer.

Mr Walton is alleged to have met an undercover officer in 1998 and "obtained information pertaining to the Lawrence family and their supporters, potentially undermining the inquiry and public confidence", the IPCC said.

It is also alleged that Mr Walton provided inconsistent accounts to Mr Ellison's review team regarding his actions, the watchdog added.

IPCC deputy chair Sarah Green said: "Mark Ellison's review highlighted a number of extremely serious matters which strike at the heart of public confidence in the police.

"Following the review, I asked the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) to consider whether the conduct of any officers or former officers should be recorded and referred to the IPCC.

"Having now received referrals in relation to all three of the above officers and, in view of the seriousness of the matter and the significant public interest, I have determined the IPCC should conduct an independent investigation. I have notified Mr Lawrence and Baroness Lawrence of this decision."

Following the IPCC's decision, Mr Walton: "I welcome the decision to investigate this matter independently and the IPCC will have my full support."

Aspiring architect Stephen was murdered at the age of 18 by racists in Eltham in April 1993 and it took nearly 20 years for two of the gang of up to six killers to be brought to justice.

The Ellison report disclosed that in the late 1990s, N81 infiltrated a group which then sought to influence the Lawrence family campaign to further its own agenda.

Feedback from N81 to his unit, the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), touched on personal details concerning the Lawrence family, such as comments on the separation of Stephen's mother and father, Doreen and Neville.

A meeting was set up between N81 and Mr Walton, which was described as a "fascinating and valuable exchange of information".

In the wake of Mr Ellison's review, Home Secretary Theresa May ordered a judge-led public inquiry into the SDS and announced the creation of a new criminal offence of police corruption.

The Ellison review also found that one of the officers on the original investigation into Stephen's death, detective sergeant John Davidson, may have acted corruptly.

It was claimed that Davidson had admitted having a "corrupt connection" with Clifford Norris, the gangland boss father of David Norris, who was finally convicted of Stephen's murder in 2012 alongside Gary Dobson.

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12:35pm Mon 2 Jun 14

sarfflondonbird says...

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At least that has made one person extremely happy eh?
Yaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww wwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn nnn At least that has made one person extremely happy eh? sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -15

2:30pm Mon 2 Jun 14

mouthalmighty says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Yaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww

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At least that has made one person extremely happy eh?
Typical, predictible comment from the typical predictable slbird.

Isn't it wonderful that the truth is finally coming to light.
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Yaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww wwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn nnn At least that has made one person extremely happy eh?[/p][/quote]Typical, predictible comment from the typical predictable slbird. Isn't it wonderful that the truth is finally coming to light. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 33

2:57pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Joelo says...

I'd bet money that this will still be in the news every week in another 50 years!
I'd bet money that this will still be in the news every week in another 50 years! Joelo
  • Score: 25

4:42pm Mon 2 Jun 14

sarfflondonbird says...

mouthalmighty wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
Yaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww


wwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn


nnn

At least that has made one person extremely happy eh?
Typical, predictible comment from the typical predictable slbird.

Isn't it wonderful that the truth is finally coming to light.
Yes. I will be able to sleep peacefully knowing all my Tax money is needlessly being wasted on endless wasteful investigations with the result being a cut in the police service or abolishment altogether of the service we have in years to come.
[quote][p][bold]mouthalmighty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Yaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww wwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn nnn At least that has made one person extremely happy eh?[/p][/quote]Typical, predictible comment from the typical predictable slbird. Isn't it wonderful that the truth is finally coming to light.[/p][/quote]Yes. I will be able to sleep peacefully knowing all my Tax money is needlessly being wasted on endless wasteful investigations with the result being a cut in the police service or abolishment altogether of the service we have in years to come. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -17

11:15pm Tue 3 Jun 14

white rabbit9 says...

http://www.cityoflon
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If you corruption, £1 million pounds spent on 1 man who had broke no law.
http://www.cityoflon donpolicecorruption. co.uk/city-of-london -police/how-power-co rrupts-channel-4-doc umentary/ If you corruption, £1 million pounds spent on 1 man who had broke no law. white rabbit9
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1:15am Wed 4 Jun 14

mouthalmighty says...

How much is spent on maddy McCann? Other missing kids don't get a look in. Life is unfair. Deal with it. At least with stephens case, it has and will continue to benefit us all.
How much is spent on maddy McCann? Other missing kids don't get a look in. Life is unfair. Deal with it. At least with stephens case, it has and will continue to benefit us all. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 44

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