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No corruption in Stephen Lawrence Inquiry says police
No evidence of corruption took place in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, according to the Metropolitan Police Service.
19 years after the murder of the teenager, claims that the MPS had withheld information from the inquiry into his death triggered the review published today.
Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) officers examined several thousands of MPS and government documents - some dating back to the 1980s.
The review concluded that neither the investigations nor the Inquiry uncovered “evidence of corruption or collusion” and that information had not been withheld from the MacPherson Inquiry.
The findings have been shared with Stephen Lawrence's family, the IPCC and the Home Office.
Stephen was murdered in Eltham in 1993 but it took until January this year for two of the racist gang - David Norris and Gary Dobson - to be convicted of the killing.
Stephen's parents wrote to the Home Secretary asking for an inquiry into the murder to be reopened following fresh allegations of police corruption in the original investigation in March.
Directorate of Professional Standards Commander Peter Spindler said: "We fully appreciate that Stephen's family want all their questions rightly answered. We hope this review goes at least some way to address their concerns and those that have appeared in the media.
“At this stage there are no new allegations or evidence that would merit further investigation however should any new information arise relating to alleged corruption in the original investigation in to Stephen's murder it would be seriously considered."
But Eltham MP Clive Efford said today: "Only an independent inquiry that has full access to all of the internal police reports will restore public confidence."