Lawyer to review police probe of race murder
NINETEEN years after the murder of Stephen Lawrence, pictured, British Home Secretary, Theresa May, has ordered a new inquiry into allegations that police corruption hampered the original failed investigation, writes Andrew Grice and Paul Peachey.
Ms May effectively overruled Scotland Yard and the police watchdog, whose own inquiries both ruled on Thursday that there was no new evidence to warrant further investigation.
Ms May has spoken to Doreen Lawrence, the mother of the black teenager killed in the racist gang attack in south London, in 1993, to tell her a lawyer will now review Scotland Yard's investigations into alleged corruption.
Whitehall sources said that, by asking for a lawyer rather than a judge, Ms May was seeking a short, sharp investigation rather than an inquiry which would drag on. (© Independent News Service)