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Cop arrested in Stephen Lawrence case

PUBLISHED: 14:33 18 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:27 25 August 2010

A RETIRED PC and a 53-year-old police worker have been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in relation to the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation. The pair were arrested yesterday (December 17) by investigators from the Independe

A RETIRED PC and a 53-year-old police worker have been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in relation to the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation.

The pair were arrested yesterday (December 17) by investigators from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), who are reviewing the concerns raised by an internal Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) into the racist murder in Eltham in 1993.

The MPS review recently discovered material from 1993, which allegedly had not been disclosed to either the Kent inquiry in 1997 or the Macpherson Inquiry, and these omissions are now being investigated by the IPCC.

Investigators are also looking into whether this material was considered by the original investigation.

They will consider and report on whether or not any criminal or disciplinary offences may have been committed by any police officer, former police officer or member of police staff involved, bearing in mind the procedures in place in the Metropolitan Police in 1993.

The IPCC has also been liaising with the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to the case.

A spokesperson for the IPCC said: "Any information which comes to light as a result of this independent investigation which may help the murder review will be provided to the MPS without delay.

"The Lawrence family have been kept informed of developments since the material came to light and the IPCC will continue to keep them up to date as the investigation progresses."

The MPS Directorate of Professional Standards referred the concerns identified to the IPCC on October 19 this year and an independent investigation was launched, with a dedicated team of IPCC investigators working on the case.

The 53 and 62-year-old retired officer were interviewed by IPCC officers at a central London police station and bailed to March 1, 2010.

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