By Daniel Miller
PUBLISHED: 10:56, 23 April 2012 | UPDATED: 12:32, 23 April 2012
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Probe: Doreen Lawrence has called for the home secretary to launch a second public inquiry into her son's murder following allegations of police corruption
The mother of Stephen Lawrence has demanded a second public inquiry to probe claims that corrupt officers from the Metropolitan Police shielded the gang that murdered her son. Doreen Lawrence has asked Home Secretary Theresa May to launch a new Macpherson-style inquiry after it was revealed a secret Scotland Yard report on the integrity of a police chief involved in the case had not been handed to the initial inquiry.
The Met claims it has failed to establish whether or not it passed on potentially crucial files regarding the conduct of former Met Commander Ray Adams.
Adams, who had been investigated by the Met over allegations he took bribes from criminals in the years before Stephen Lawrence's murder, has been linked to Clifford Norris, father of David Norris who was jailed in January for the racist killing of the 18-year-old in 1993.
Theresa May is reported to believe that the allegations of police corruption are of the 'utmost importance' and that a thorough investigation is required.
Doreen Lawrence thinks the latest revelations about the secret police file throw the conclusions of the Macpherson report about corruption into doubt.
More...Stephen Lawrence's mother calls for new probe into 'corruption' claims surrounding original police investigation
She told the Guardian: 'I 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 kept from us - Stephen's family.'
Pledge: Home Secretary Theresa May has said that allegations of police corruption surrounding the murder of Stephen Lawrence, right, are of the 'utmost importance' and that a thorough investigation is required
The Met has launched its own inquiry into any missing paperwork with the deputy commissioner overseeing.
A spokesman said: 'The Deputy Commissioner is overseeing enquiries to establish paperwork relating to investigations into corruption that have been linked to the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation. Should any new information arise it would be seriously considered.'
But Mrs Lawrence believes it now needs to come clean.
She added: 'The new Commissioner has a choice to make: he can be open and transparent, or tarred by the same brush of the past.
'We want to know what is in the file and what other material the Met has about officers whom we suspected at the Macpherson inquiry.'
Jail: Gary Dobson, left, and David Norris, right, were found guilty of Stephen Lawrence's murder
Last month a leaked Scotland Yard report alleged Detective Sergeant John Davidson, one of the lead investigators in the initial botched inquiry, received corrupt payments from Clifford Norris.
The Met investigation into Adams, codenamed Operation Russell, began in April 1987 when he was working as the force's head of criminal intelligence, according to the Guardian.
It was triggered by allegations that he had taken bribes from criminals and had improper relationships with criminal informants - something he strongly denied.
Some of the allegations against Mr Adams centred on his relationship with Kenneth Noye, who was later convicted of murder.
During the Macpherson inquiry, lawyers claimed Noye had a criminal associate, Clifford Norris, whose son, David Norris, was a prime suspect in the murder of Lawrence.
No criminal or misconduct charges were brought as a result of the internal investigation into Mr
Adams, but questions were raised over his conduct in the years before the Lawrence case, according to the newspaper.
Mr Adams was questioned at the Macpherson inquiry about corruption, but no evidence of wrongdoing was found.
The 1999 Macpherson Inquiry concluded that the Metropolitan Police was institutionally racist but found there was insufficient evidence that corruption played a decisive role in the failure to catch the killers.
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