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Top terror cop Richard Walton facing Stephen Lawrence spy probe

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2406

Stephen Lawrence

Stephen Lawrence

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to examine the role of undercover cops in the Stephen Lawrence campaign.

They are looking at allegations of “discreditable conduct and breaches of honesty and integrity” by Richard Walton.

Walton was temporarily removed from his job as head of the counter-terrorism command SO15 in March. This followed the publication of the Ellison report into the role of corrupt cops in the original Lawrence murder investigation.

N81, an undercover cop, held a meeting with Walton in 1998. Ellison noted in his report, “We have found Mr Walton’s position concerning this meeting less than straightforward to establish and somewhat troubling.”

Walton was working on Scotland Yard’s Lawrence review team who were responsible for the cops’ submissions to the Macpherson Inquiry. The IPCC said it will also investigate two former officers, Robert Lambert and Commander Colin Black, who organised the meeting.

 


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