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Father of Stephen Lawrence slams response to call for public inquiry over smear campaign claims

PUBLISHED: 15:58 25 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:58 25 June 2013

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Stephen Lawrence's father has slammed the response to calls for a judge-led public inquiry to investigate claims police tried to smear his family.

Neville Lawrence made the call after former undercover cop Peter Francis claimed the Met told him to dig for dirt on the family of the murdered 18-year-old to derail their campaign for justice.

But Home Secretary Theresa May has said she will just extend current investigations into undercover officers behaviour which will not bring criminal or disciplinary charges.

Mr Lawrence said: “Nothing short of a judge-led public inquiry will suffice and I have no confidence that the measures announced will get to the bottom of this.”

Stephen was killed in 1993 in Eltham by David Norris, formerly of Berryfield Close, Chislehurst and Gary Dobson, formerly of Phineas Pett Road, Eltham.

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill labelled the smear campaign as an “abuse of public trust”.

He said: “These are very serious allegations of police corruption and they must be investigated thoroughly. I accept that the Metropolitan Police must employ undercover tactics to fight organised crime in our capital, but it is an abuse of public trust if the rare instances of misconduct go unnoticed or unpunished.

“The Government is absolutely right to act on these latest allegations in relation to the original Stephen Lawrence investigation and to enhance the judicial oversight of future undercover operations.”

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