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26/07/06
Lawrence Officer in Corruption Inquiry
- Met detective could have thwarted case against Stephen's killers

Lawrence Officer in Corruption InquiryA SENIOR former Scotland Yard detective at the heart of the Stephen Lawrence murder case is the subject of an inquiry into corruption by the The Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The move follows a BBC investigation that alleges that the murder inquiry's Det Sgt John Davidson was paid by drug smuggler Clifford Norris, father of suspect David Norris. Norris and his four co-defendants Neil Acourt, Jamie Acourt, Gary Dobson and Luke Knight, were arrested but nobody has ever been convicted in the case.

The probe comes thirteen years after the death of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in a racist attack in Eltham, south-east London in 1993.

"It's taken us all this time to actually get here and to the fact that we knew that there was corruption all along but just couldn't prove it" Stephen's mother Doreen told BBC News.



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