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Cop accused of cover-up in Stephen Lawrence case could get off

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2487

A top cop accused of covering up police spying on the family of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence could dodge disciplinary action if he retires.

Commander Richard Walton is accused of plotting to spy on Stephen’s family after his murder by racists in 1993.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission concluded last week that Walton had a case to answer.

But Walton could dodge any disciplinary action as he was set to retire on Wednesday of this week.

It is alleged that Walton was involved in spying on the Lawrence family, which was carried out by an undercover unit of the Metropolitan Police.

Walton had worked on Scotland Yard’s Lawrence review team.

The team was responsible for the cops’ submissions to the Macpherson inquiry.

This was set up to review police conduct during the murder investigation.

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Tue 19 Jan 2016, 17:03 GMT
Issue No. 2487
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