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Post by Doug D on Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:02 pm

Sent FoI request today for any further update as nothing about the investigations now since Feb 2018.

The Guardian article from July 2019 did say:

'As our investigation is still ongoing, it would not be appropriate to comment further.”

but how long can they actually drag it out for?
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Post by Doug D on Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:07 am

Hot on the heels of my FOI request comes this!
Nothing for years and then this. Purely coincidence?
Nothing about the ‘misconduct in public office inquiry’ though.
 
Met Police:
 
‘……….all "identified lines of inquiry have been completed"
 
Got to agree with Mrs (Baroness) Lawrence. If they had left Clive Driscoll on the case, it is just possible he may have secured more convictions, but they clearly did an ‘Amaral’ and sidelined him for political reasons as they wanted the case to go away, so replaced it with a 'pretendy' investigation.
 
Stephen Lawrence racist murder: 'The Met might give up, I never will'
 
·       11 August 2020
 
Racist murder victim Stephen Lawrence's mother has vowed she will never give up on her son despite the Met Police declaring investigations "inactive".
 
Detectives have said all "identified lines of inquiry have been completed" into the 1993 killing.
But Baroness Doreen Lawrence said: "Whilst the Metropolitan Police have given up, I never will.
"I am truly disappointed that those others who were equally responsible... may not be brought to justice."
Stephen, 18, was killed in Eltham, south-east London, in April 1993.
Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted of his murder in 2012.
Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said Mr Lawrence's family had been told about the latest operational developments.
Duwayne Brooks, who was with Mr Lawrence on the night he was murdered, has also been told about the Met's decision, the force said.
 
'We will achieve justice'
Ms Dick said she was sad that the Met had been "unable to secure any further convictions for Stephen, his family and friends".
She added: "The investigation has now moved to an 'inactive' phase, but I have given Stephen's family the assurance that we will continue to deal with any new information that comes to light."
Reacting to the announcement, Stephen's father, Neville, said he was disappointed but not surprised that it had been shelved by police.
He said that he "will always live with the hope that someone might come forward with evidence which will allow us to achieve full justice for Stephen".
 
Baroness Lawrence said: "I am truly disappointed that those others who were equally responsible for my son's racist killing may not be brought to justice.
"It is never too late to give a mother justice for the murder of her son. Whilst the Metropolitan Police have given up, I never will."
She thanked senior investigating officer Clive Driscoll, who secured the convictions of Dobson and Norris after she had campaigned for nearly 20 years.
"Having Clive Driscoll on Stephen's case made all the difference to me and had he had the opportunity of continuing to investigate the murder there may have been more convictions," she said.
The latest phase of the investigation into Stephen's murder began in January 2014, with Det Ch Insp Chris Le Pere taking over as the lead officer.
Since then more than 240 new witness statements have been taken.
 
Another development in the case came from a woman's DNA profile obtained from a bag strap discarded at the scene of the murder.
Despite a significant appeal for information and other investigations, that woman has not been identified.
Officers also sought to identify a man who had been near the murder scene wearing a jacket with a distinctive V-shaped emblem.
 
Police appealed for a man in a distinctive jacket, seen in an off-licence near to the murder scene, to come forward
A third line of inquiry had been to track down a man who had called the BBC's Crimewatch in 2013 to say he had information about the attack.
"The appeal generated more than 40 lines of enquiry for the investigation team to work through," the Met said.
"Despite exhaustive efforts, officers were unable to trace the individuals."
Initial attempts to catch Mr Lawrence's killers were found to have been hampered by incompetence and institutional racism in the Metropolitan Police.
No arrests were made for two weeks after his death, despite five suspects being named by anonymous informants.
 
A bag strap was left on the road near to where Stephen Lawrence was attacked
Dobson and Norris were among a group of up to six men accused of attacking Mr Lawrence and Mr Brooks. Critics of the case say others evaded justice.
The Macpherson Report into the investigation into Mr Lawrence's death found that there had been "institutional racism" in the police.
 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-53722540
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Post by Doug D on Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:41 am

Not Steven Lawrence related, but Clive Driscoll gave evidence to the IICSA Lambeth Council Inquiry on 10thJuly 2020 in respect of another case he was pushed away from back in 1998, seemingly for being too outspoken and unwilling to turn a blind eye to politically sensitive issues.
 
The transcript for the Driscoll evidence and also that of Richard Gargini are here:
 
https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/19914/view/public-hearing-transcript-10-july-2020.pdf
 
I will try and précis them later, but this was from the Mirror:
 
Ex-detective 'blocked from investigating child sexual abuse linked to politicians'
 
Clive Driscoll said at a public inquiry he was told by officials to stop investigating the Angell Road home, which was run by paedophile John Carroll
 
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·       22:54, 10 JUL 2020
 
 
A former detective has told a public inquiry he was blocked from investigating child sexual abuse linked to politicians.
 
Clive Driscoll was removed from the probe in Lambeth, South London, in 1998, after naming prominent individuals in a meeting with council staff.
 
Mr Driscoll told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse there had been a “concerted effort” by officials to stop him investigating.
 
He said social services staff tried to steer him away from looking into the Angell Road home, which was run by paedophile John Carroll, despite the council knowing he had a record.
 
Mr Driscoll, who went on to lead a successful investigation into two of Stephen Lawrence’s killers, said: “There was a worry that paedophiles were employing paedophiles. There was a group of people who were going to Angell Road. They didn’t appear to have any right to be there.”
 
John Carroll was arrested in 1998 for child abuse spanning decades 
 
Referring to the work done by the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association, led by Raymond Stevenson and Lucia Hinton, he said: “How is it two people, Mr Stephenson and Ms Hinton, with a fraction of the resources [of the police], have put together 600 plus cases that have reached the evidential test of council lawyers and got £44million paid out?
 
“How has that happened when we [the Met Police] were the agency that should investigate?.” The scale of the abuse in Lambeth has only come to light after SOSA was set up in 2014.
 
More than 1,700 people have described suffering sexual, physical and racial abuse.
 
Mr Driscoll suspected Carroll used blackmail to stay in charge of Angell Road until 1991, despite his conviction coming to light in 1986. He said child protection officer Libby Blake showed him a file suggesting “things got covered up in Lambeth”.
 
Former Met Commander Richard Gargini took over from Mr Driscoll. He told the inquiry he was brought in by Assistant Commissioner Denis O’Connor.
Mr O’Connor had been contacted by Lambeth CEO Heather Rabbatts, who raised concerns about Mr Driscoll.
 
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ex-detective-blocked-investigating-child-22338012
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Post by Doug D on Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:09 am

Wow! An FOI response from IOPC that actually answers the questions. 

'In relation to a press release published in February 2018 regarding a new phase in the Stephen Lawrence corruption investigation, you asked:

I shall be grateful if you will advise whether all enquiries has now been quietly shelved or are there still investigations ongoing?

If the second inquiry has indeed now been concluded, are you in a position to reveal the results of both the first and the second inquiries?

The investigation into alleged police corruption during the original enquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the attack on Duwayne Brooks OBE in April 1993 is complete and a comprehensive report has been provided to the IOPC by the National Crime Agency (NCA). We must now carefully consider the report to determine whether there is an indication that any individuals may have committed a criminal offence and if so, whether the matter should be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for a charging decision. The report and underlying evidence are substantial and will require very careful analysis.

In 2017, and following discussions with the CPS, our investigation into a complaint that very senior Metropolitan Police officers failed to provide full, frank and truthful information on the issue of corruption to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry in 1998 was halted until the investigation into whether corruption played a part in the original Stephen Lawrence murder investigation had concluded. This was because evidence could emerge from that investigation which may affect this investigation. We are presently reviewing material that has recently come to our attention through the linked investigation which may be relevant. We will complete the review and then finalise the investigation report as soon as possible.

We will issue updates on the progress of both matters in due course.'
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