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Police spied on campaigners attending Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2360

photo of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence

Stephen Lawrence

The cops’ dirty tricks operation against Stephen Lawrence’s family and its supporters was coordinated ­nationally.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) gathered intelligence on those attending the inquiry into the teenager’s murder.

GMP Special Branch sent a request in August 1998 to all divisions asking for information on “groups or individuals” likely to attend the Macpherson hearing.
The Daily Mirror has obtained a police report sent by a GMP sergeant to a chief superintendent in October, 1998.

Entitled Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, the sergeant wrote that he had assumed the request referred to “subversive groups”.

The same process was carried out across Britain.

This follows revelations that undercover cops spied on the Lawrences in the wake of Stephen’s death.

Cops also taped confidential converations with Stephen’s friend and witness to the murder, Duwayne Brooks.


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