The mother of Stephen Lawrence has called for a new public inquiry into the black teenagerâ€™s racist murder amid claims of police corruption.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is reportedly considering ordering an inquiry which would address allegations that police corruption may have hampered the investigation and allowed his killers to elude justice.
Doreen Lawrence has called on Mrs May to hold a the inquiry on the basis that files detailing investigations by the Metropolitan Policeâ€™s anti-corruption unit were not passed to the original public inquiry held in 1998.
The Home Secretary is reported to view the claims as being of the â€œutmost importanceâ€ which must be thoroughly examined to prevent an erosion of confidence in the Met.
After a month of investigating, Scotland Yard says it has been unable to establish whether it passed the files to the Macpherson inquiry into the 18-year-old murder in 1993.
Ray Adams, a former Met commander, was questioned about corruption at the original inquiry but neither Mr Lawrenceâ€™s family nor the inquiry panel were given a report by Scotland Yard containing the findings of an investigation by its anti-corruption command.
Macpherson found no evidence of wrongdoing against Adams, but Mrs Lawrence says the claims that potentially crucial material was kept from the inquiry means that finding must be revisited.
Mrs Lawrence toldÂ The Guardian: â€œI cannot see how Theresa May can now refuse. Not only must a new public inquiry look at whether corruption existed in the police investigation but why it was that such critical information was kept from us â€“ Stephen’s family.â€
Stephen Lawrence’s mother demands new public inquiry