Chief officer in Stephen Lawrence case in new police corruption probe

New evidence has been found by watchdogs investigating police corruption in the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.

In 2015, former Met Commissioner Lord Stevens was accused of withholding information from the 1998 Macpherson inquiry into Stephen’s killing. Lord Stevens denied wrongdoing.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct now says it has “new information” which has led to searches through “archive material”.

A spokesman said: “We anticipate it may take some months to conclude these and finalise our complaint investigation report.”

When the report is concluded the IOPC will decide whether to refer the case to prosecutors.

The 2015 inquiry followed a complaint that very senior Met officers failed to provide “full, frank and truthful information on the issue of corruption to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry in 1998”.

It focused on two letters sent to the Macpherson inquiry by Lord Stevens, but was halted while four former Met officers were investigated over their work on the initial murder investigation.

A file has now been sent to the CPS, which will decide if the four are to be charged.

Stephen, 18, was stabbed to death in 1993. Two of his killers, Gary Dobson and David Norris, got life in 2012.