Lawrence mother says it will take time to trust police again

Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, talks to the media, outside New Scotland Yard
Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, talks to the media, outside New Scotland Yard
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The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said it will “take a while to gain back trust again” after she met Britain’s most senior policeman to discuss claims that undercover officers hunted for information to smear her family.

Doreen Lawrence visited New Scotland Yard to discuss the allegations about the activities of the Special Demonstration Squad with Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

After the meeting, Mrs Lawrence said: “Over the years we look at how many things have changed and how people are beginning to respond to things.

“Now, it’s like taking a couple of steps back. It will take a while to gain back trust again.”

The meeting comes as Greater Manchester Police (GMP) begin their own Lawrence investigation.

It was claimed GMP’s Special Branch sent a memo in August 1998 to all divisions seeking information on “groups or individuals” due to attend the Manchester-based Macpherson inquiry into the police handling of the Lawrence murder case.

GMP assistant chief constable Dawn Copley said the force referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission over the matter and officers were continuing to look for the memo.

Sir Bernard said earlier that during the meeting with Mrs Lawrence he would try to answer some of the 13 questions that her lawyer Imran Khan submitted to the force.

Mrs Lawrence said: “Do I have confidence in him? Whatever he has said he is trying to do, I think he will do it.”