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Tuesday, June 30, 1998 Published at 09:25 GMT 10:25 UK


UK

Lawrence murder inquiry re-opens

All five "prime suspects" arriving at the inquiry on Tuesday morning

There have been more angry scenes outside the inquiry into the murder of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Demonstrators yelled abuse as some of the men, who previously had been charged with the teenager's murder, arrived at the hearing, in London.

Yesterday, proceedings were interrupted when protesters stormed the building.

Eggs and abuse were thrown at the five principal suspects appearing before the inquiry.

Surprisingly, all five turned up for the second day of questioning into matters arising from the killing of the black teenager.

Two were questioned on Monday and were not required to attend Tuesday's hearing.

All five have, at different times, been charged with murder, but no one has ever been convicted.

Stephen Lawrence's family have appealed for calm in the wake of Monday's disruption.

The first day of questioning of the suspects had to be adjourned after members of the Nation of Islam broke into the inquiry and denounced it as a sham.

Police released CS gas in the foyer of the building to control an angry crowd of some 200 people who were protesting that they were not allowed to attend proceedings.

A reinforced police presence of about 100 officers restrained the crowd outside the inquiry building on Tuesday morning.

At least two eggs and a bottle were thrown as the five arrived. The crowd, numbering as many as the police including a presence of a dozen members of the Nation of Islam, had gathered by 8.30 am (BST) and shouted "murderers" and "racists" as the men arrived.

The five strode up the ramp together into the inquiry building amid careful police protection. Neil and Jamie Acourt, who were questioned yesterday, appear to have decided to support their three friends.

David Norris, Luke Knight and Gary Dobson will face questions about their possible roles in racist activities and the possession of offensive weapons.



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