Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teen Stephen Lawrence, says she receives 'threats' and fears being out at night

Doreen Lawrence says she receives

Doreen Lawrence says she receives "threats" and fears being out at night

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THE mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence says she receives “threats” and fears being out at night.

Doreen Lawrence has revealed she still gets threatening letters – 20 years after her 18-year-old son was killed in a racist attack in Eltham in 1993.

It comes after her 35-year-old son Stuart lodged a complaint against the Metropolitan Police earlier this month claiming he too was the victim of racism and had been stopped 25 times by officers.

Asked if she had been threatened, during an interview with BBC HARDtalk, Ms Lawrence said: “I think in the early days our car and things was [sic] always attacked and there are times we get letters sent to the trust about me and recently there is one come through because Stuart has made a stand.”

She added: “I had to say to him yesterday - be very careful when he’s out and I’m always worried about me being outside.

“I try not to be out too late when I’m travelling home and stuff so the fear is always there.”

The 61-year-old, who founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, has tirelessly campaigned for her son’s killers to be brought to justice.

Thanks to her work, a public inquiry was held into the way police dealt with the killing - leading to major changes to the way murder investigations are handled.

Ms Lawrence told BBC HARDtalk: “Not everybody out there thinks what I’ve done is great.”

“I don’t think that I’m going to be safe whenever I’m out.”

She went on to say there were people who thought her son should be dead and have sent threats which she takes seriously.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Stephen’s death with a concert, memorial service and criminal justice lecture planned for April.

The Met has launched an inquiry into Stuart Lawrence’s claims under the supervision of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The full interview was broadcast on BBC2 today and  is now available on iPlayer.

 

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1:53pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Only_me!! says...

Oh put a sock in it woman
Oh put a sock in it woman Only_me!!
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2:38pm Tue 22 Jan 13

SouthEastThreeSixNine says...

Only_me!! wrote:
Oh put a sock in it woman
Imagine that was your mother or someone you cared about. There are enough idiots in the world without your input.
[quote][p][bold]Only_me!![/bold] wrote: Oh put a sock in it woman[/p][/quote]Imagine that was your mother or someone you cared about. There are enough idiots in the world without your input. SouthEastThreeSixNine
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2:41pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Simon bald says...

Only_me!! wrote:
Oh put a sock in it woman
How dare you make this remark, I will be informing Mr Bull of what you have typed. Poor woman has lost her son, have some respect!!
[quote][p][bold]Only_me!![/bold] wrote: Oh put a sock in it woman[/p][/quote]How dare you make this remark, I will be informing Mr Bull of what you have typed. Poor woman has lost her son, have some respect!! Simon bald
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2:56pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Inspirationalady28 says...

I watched the full interview and I must say, Doreen Lawrence is a very strong -willed and determined woman who will continue to stand up and fight for what she believes to be right even when faced with public criticism and now threats to her and her family. We need more people like Doreen in this world..

PS; Keep up the good work Doreen, there are people out there who admire you and are grateful for what you're trying to quite rightly achieve for the next generation of young people!!
I watched the full interview and I must say, Doreen Lawrence is a very strong -willed and determined woman who will continue to stand up and fight for what she believes to be right even when faced with public criticism and now threats to her and her family. We need more people like Doreen in this world.. PS; Keep up the good work Doreen, there are people out there who admire you and are grateful for what you're trying to quite rightly achieve for the next generation of young people!! Inspirationalady28
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3:29pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Only_me!! says...

Sorry I don't believe one bit she gets threatening letters 20 years on
Sorry I don't believe one bit she gets threatening letters 20 years on Only_me!!
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3:41pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Simon bald says...

Inspirationalady28 wrote:
I watched the full interview and I must say, Doreen Lawrence is a very strong -willed and determined woman who will continue to stand up and fight for what she believes to be right even when faced with public criticism and now threats to her and her family. We need more people like Doreen in this world..

PS; Keep up the good work Doreen, there are people out there who admire you and are grateful for what you're trying to quite rightly achieve for the next generation of young people!!
What a lovely post, thank you it was very inspirational, bravo Doreen for your bravery and strength shown over the years
[quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: I watched the full interview and I must say, Doreen Lawrence is a very strong -willed and determined woman who will continue to stand up and fight for what she believes to be right even when faced with public criticism and now threats to her and her family. We need more people like Doreen in this world.. PS; Keep up the good work Doreen, there are people out there who admire you and are grateful for what you're trying to quite rightly achieve for the next generation of young people!![/p][/quote]What a lovely post, thank you it was very inspirational, bravo Doreen for your bravery and strength shown over the years Simon bald
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3:58pm Tue 22 Jan 13

the wall says...

This woman has done more harm to race relations than good.
This woman has done more harm to race relations than good. the wall
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4:01pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Simon bald says...

the wall wrote:
This woman has done more harm to race relations than good.
Disgusting comment right out of the dark ages :-(
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: This woman has done more harm to race relations than good.[/p][/quote]Disgusting comment right out of the dark ages :-( Simon bald
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4:24pm Tue 22 Jan 13

the wall says...

Simon bald wrote:
the wall wrote:
This woman has done more harm to race relations than good.
Disgusting comment right out of the dark ages :-(
I don't think the term 'race relations' was around in the dark ages.
[quote][p][bold]Simon bald[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: This woman has done more harm to race relations than good.[/p][/quote]Disgusting comment right out of the dark ages :-([/p][/quote]I don't think the term 'race relations' was around in the dark ages. the wall
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4:43pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Bettyboop92 says...

bald is as bad as il28
bald is as bad as il28 Bettyboop92
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5:12pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Inspirationalady28 says...

Simon bald wrote:
Inspirationalady28 wrote:
I watched the full interview and I must say, Doreen Lawrence is a very strong -willed and determined woman who will continue to stand up and fight for what she believes to be right even when faced with public criticism and now threats to her and her family. We need more people like Doreen in this world..

PS; Keep up the good work Doreen, there are people out there who admire you and are grateful for what you're trying to quite rightly achieve for the next generation of young people!!
What a lovely post, thank you it was very inspirational, bravo Doreen for your bravery and strength shown over the years
Thank You Simon!
[quote][p][bold]Simon bald[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: I watched the full interview and I must say, Doreen Lawrence is a very strong -willed and determined woman who will continue to stand up and fight for what she believes to be right even when faced with public criticism and now threats to her and her family. We need more people like Doreen in this world.. PS; Keep up the good work Doreen, there are people out there who admire you and are grateful for what you're trying to quite rightly achieve for the next generation of young people!![/p][/quote]What a lovely post, thank you it was very inspirational, bravo Doreen for your bravery and strength shown over the years[/p][/quote]Thank You Simon! Inspirationalady28
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5:21pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Inspirationalady28 says...

Bettyboop92 wrote:
bald is as bad as il28
Why do you say that Betty? Not everyone shares my views but it is nice when one does see the good in people. Doreen has had two decades of grief, maybe this is her only way of coping with the loss of her Son. This lady certainly knows more than anybody because it has affected her personally, who are we to judge her actions?
[quote][p][bold]Bettyboop92[/bold] wrote: bald is as bad as il28[/p][/quote]Why do you say that Betty? Not everyone shares my views but it is nice when one does see the good in people. Doreen has had two decades of grief, maybe this is her only way of coping with the loss of her Son. This lady certainly knows more than anybody because it has affected her personally, who are we to judge her actions? Inspirationalady28
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5:27pm Tue 22 Jan 13

chris8210 says...

Does she really need to be in the news paper everyday
Does she really need to be in the news paper everyday chris8210
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5:31pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Inspirationalady28 says...

the wall wrote:
This woman has done more harm to race relations than good.
Why, because she has spoken the Truth from her own experience with society in general?
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: This woman has done more harm to race relations than good.[/p][/quote]Why, because she has spoken the Truth from her own experience with society in general? Inspirationalady28
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5:38pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Simon bald says...

Inspirationalady28 wrote:
Simon bald wrote:
Inspirationalady28 wrote:
I watched the full interview and I must say, Doreen Lawrence is a very strong -willed and determined woman who will continue to stand up and fight for what she believes to be right even when faced with public criticism and now threats to her and her family. We need more people like Doreen in this world..

PS; Keep up the good work Doreen, there are people out there who admire you and are grateful for what you're trying to quite rightly achieve for the next generation of young people!!
What a lovely post, thank you it was very inspirational, bravo Doreen for your bravery and strength shown over the years
Thank You Simon!
No problem um sorry didn't get your name
[quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Simon bald[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: I watched the full interview and I must say, Doreen Lawrence is a very strong -willed and determined woman who will continue to stand up and fight for what she believes to be right even when faced with public criticism and now threats to her and her family. We need more people like Doreen in this world.. PS; Keep up the good work Doreen, there are people out there who admire you and are grateful for what you're trying to quite rightly achieve for the next generation of young people!![/p][/quote]What a lovely post, thank you it was very inspirational, bravo Doreen for your bravery and strength shown over the years[/p][/quote]Thank You Simon![/p][/quote]No problem um sorry didn't get your name Simon bald
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6:27pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Simon bald says...

Inspirationalady28 wrote:
the wall wrote:
This woman has done more harm to race relations than good.
Why, because she has spoken the Truth from her own experience with society in general?
Great,great point
[quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: This woman has done more harm to race relations than good.[/p][/quote]Why, because she has spoken the Truth from her own experience with society in general?[/p][/quote]Great,great point Simon bald
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6:31pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

You keep punching Doreen and more power to ya.

Please take NO notice of the trolls on here. ( if you read this fish wrap.)
You keep punching Doreen and more power to ya. Please take NO notice of the trolls on here. ( if you read this fish wrap.) Gypo.Joe
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8:22pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Inspirationalady28 says...

I'm getting really fed-up with some people who waste their time posting meaningless off-topic comments..what are you hoping to achieve by doing this? I hope NS management see this again, I really do!!
I'm getting really fed-up with some people who waste their time posting meaningless off-topic comments..what are you hoping to achieve by doing this? I hope NS management see this again, I really do!! Inspirationalady28
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10:26pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Simon bald says...

Inspirationalady28 wrote:
I'm getting really fed-up with some people who waste their time posting meaningless off-topic comments..what are you hoping to achieve by doing this? I hope NS management see this again, I really do!!
There is a report post button dear, use that if they are bullying you
[quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: I'm getting really fed-up with some people who waste their time posting meaningless off-topic comments..what are you hoping to achieve by doing this? I hope NS management see this again, I really do!![/p][/quote]There is a report post button dear, use that if they are bullying you Simon bald
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12:00am Wed 23 Jan 13

Donna_T says...

Simon bald wrote:
Inspirationalady28 wrote:
I'm getting really fed-up with some people who waste their time posting meaningless off-topic comments..what are you hoping to achieve by doing this? I hope NS management see this again, I really do!!
There is a report post button dear, use that if they are bullying you
The only person being bullied is Doreen, this poor woman has suffered this for years. Its not good enough to just push it under the carpet any longer.
It really is a sad reflection on our society as a whole.
[quote][p][bold]Simon bald[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: I'm getting really fed-up with some people who waste their time posting meaningless off-topic comments..what are you hoping to achieve by doing this? I hope NS management see this again, I really do!![/p][/quote]There is a report post button dear, use that if they are bullying you[/p][/quote]The only person being bullied is Doreen, this poor woman has suffered this for years. Its not good enough to just push it under the carpet any longer. It really is a sad reflection on our society as a whole. Donna_T
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4:54pm Wed 23 Jan 13

danielbelvedere says...

some of you have no clue what you are talking about. It's very sad that some people in this day and age have no respect for people like doreen who, have been through so much yet stayed strong for the sake of justice and peace. i have seen some names on this article who comment about how teenagers need to respect people more, i am nineteen and seem to be showing more maturity than some of you. now stop trolling and get back to your day jobs, if you have one!
some of you have no clue what you are talking about. It's very sad that some people in this day and age have no respect for people like doreen who, have been through so much yet stayed strong for the sake of justice and peace. i have seen some names on this article who comment about how teenagers need to respect people more, i am nineteen and seem to be showing more maturity than some of you. now stop trolling and get back to your day jobs, if you have one! danielbelvedere
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8:51pm Wed 23 Jan 13

cookster says...

People who troll are generally people who don't say boo to a goose in the real world.

Shame the News Shopper can't IP ban the main offenders.
People who troll are generally people who don't say boo to a goose in the real world. Shame the News Shopper can't IP ban the main offenders. cookster
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5:28pm Thu 24 Jan 13

cherithporter says...

Poor woman!
Poor woman! cherithporter
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10:11am Fri 25 Jan 13

miss rumble tumble says...

she got car jacked in thornton heath some years ago and said a similar thing then getting boring now
she got car jacked in thornton heath some years ago and said a similar thing then getting boring now miss rumble tumble
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10:34am Fri 25 Jan 13

Inspirationalady28 says...

I read today that Doreen is to be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of York. Your hard work continues to be recognised and rewarded. Congratulations Doreen! :)
I read today that Doreen is to be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of York. Your hard work continues to be recognised and rewarded. Congratulations Doreen! :) Inspirationalady28
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10:51am Fri 25 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

miss rumble tumble wrote:
she got car jacked in thornton heath some years ago and said a similar thing then getting boring now
Run along BNP scum.
[quote][p][bold]miss rumble tumble[/bold] wrote: she got car jacked in thornton heath some years ago and said a similar thing then getting boring now[/p][/quote]Run along BNP scum. Gypo.Joe
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1:15am Sat 26 Jan 13

mouthalmighty says...

Indigenous pensioner always playing the "my country" card. Change the record. And those of you who follow in the same vein, change the record. You don't make sense.
Indigenous pensioner always playing the "my country" card. Change the record. And those of you who follow in the same vein, change the record. You don't make sense. mouthalmighty
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11:45am Sat 26 Jan 13

littleblackbear says...

I am a Mother and if that had happened to one of my children you would see my face everyday in the paper until every single murdering *bleep* were where they should be locked up for life!

You moaning lot would not do the same if it happened to your child?

Have a heart she is being a Mum!
I am a Mother and if that had happened to one of my children you would see my face everyday in the paper until every single murdering *bleep* were where they should be locked up for life! You moaning lot would not do the same if it happened to your child? Have a heart she is being a Mum! littleblackbear
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10:04pm Sat 26 Jan 13

reallyareyousure says...

the reason why she never got the leters until 20yrs on hey its royal mail for god sake lol but hey how love get on with it i did when i lost my life line because i had to
the reason why she never got the leters until 20yrs on hey its royal mail for god sake lol but hey how love get on with it i did when i lost my life line because i had to reallyareyousure
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