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Ex-Met chief backs inquiry

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

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Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Paul Condon has denied authorising undercover police officers to target the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

However, the peer, who held the top post at Scotland Yard between 1993 and 2000, backed plans for a public inquiry into the work of police moles.

His comments came after a report by barrister Mark Ellison QC found an undercover officer was a "spy" working within the "Lawrence family camp" during the judicial inquiry led by Sir William Macpherson into the failings surrounding the murder investigation.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the Lawrence family had "suffered far too much", and current Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe admitted claims about the case sparked one of the worst days of his career.

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