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Thursday, July 16, 1998 Published at 04:51 GMT 05:51 UK


Lawrence inquiry shakes trust in police

The trust of many Londoners has been shaken

Nearly half of Londoners say they have less trust in the police following the inquiry into Stephen Lawrence's murder.

[ image: Lawrence was slain in racist attack]
Lawrence was slain in racist attack
Stephen, an 18-year-old A-level student, died after being stabbed near a bus stop in Eltham, south London, in 1993.

The fact his killers have escaped justice has led to accusations of racism and corruption in the Metropolitan Police.

The force has been defending its actions at the inquiry in Elephant and Castle, south London.

The results of an ICM poll, commissioned by BBC South-East, show the case's high profile has had an impact on the public.

[ image: Sir Paul Condon is likely be asked to take the stand]
Sir Paul Condon is likely be asked to take the stand
Around 90% of more than 1000 Londoners surveyed had heard of the case and 48% felt they now have less trust in the Metropolitan Police.

The poll suggests that three in four people thought deficiences in the Met's procedures had been exposed by the inquiry - a view shared equally by black and white Londoners.

The critical appraisal of the Met comes as final witnesses are called to give evidence.

Lawyers for Lawrence family are expected to renew their call for the Sir Paul Condon, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to give evidence.

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