The father of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said he no longer thinks about his son's remaining killers being brought to justice.

On the first Stephen Lawrence Day on Monday, Dr Neville Lawrence said he instead focuses on trying to stop further bloodshed amid concerns about the recent surge in violent crime.

The national day to commemorate the aspiring architect's life and legacy was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May last year.

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Mr Lawrence said: "I had hoped that my son's legacy would have been all around us in the buildings he would have designed as an architect but unfortunately he was snatched away from us.

"I wish a day in my son's memory was for more joyful reasons, but I am pleased and very proud that there is Stephen Lawrence day so people will always remember him and the tragedy of his death.

"With the level of violence on our streets at the moment I hope that Stephen's day will be used to talk about peace as well as to remember Stephen's life, which was cut too short.

"I don't think about my son's other killers being brought to justice any more. I am too busy trying to help the cause of reducing violence on our streets.

"Instead of being angry I try to use my energy to motivate children and tell them that the can achieve whatever they want to achieve."

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Mr Lawrence is President of the Violent Crime Prevention Board, that aims to reduce bloodshed among young people, partly by diverting them away from crime.

His son Stephen, 18, was murdered on April 22, 1993 by a gang of racists in Eltham as he waited for a bus with his friend Duwayne Brooks.

The original police investigation into his death was hampered by prejudice, incompetence and alleged corruption.

Two of his killers, Gary Dobson and David Norris, were convicted of murder over his death in 2012 but the remaining three or four culprits have never been brought to justice.

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Of his son's killers, Dr Lawrence said: "I sometimes can't even remember their names now. It has gone completely out of my mind.

"Sometimes people might think that you can never find peace in that kind of way.

"I am relaxed. I worry about normal things. I do not worry about these people. They will have to answer for what they have done sooner or later."

Last year Scotland Yard said that the investigation would be shelved unless any new significant information came to light.

The aftermath of Stephen's murder was a watershed moment in modern race relations in the UK, after the subsequent Macpherson Report into the case concluded the police were guilty of "institutional racism".

The case remains under scrutiny as part of a public inquiry into the actions of undercover police officers, who are said to have targeted campaigners supporting the Lawrence family.