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Tuesday, 12 May, 1998, 22:00 GMT 23:00 UK
Lawrence memorial vandalised again
Bus stop
The bus stop where Stephen was stabbed to death
The memorial to murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence has been vandalised for the second time in just over two months.

The plaque marks the spot where the 18-year-old was stabbed to death in Eltham, south-east London in 1993.

Police, who discovered the damage, found an industrial hammer and gloves nearby.

Lawrence memorial
The memorial plaque on the spot where Stephen died
They are still hunting for the vandals who chipped the plaque and poured paint on it at the beginning of March, shortly before the start of a public inquiry into Stephen's murder.

Police want to speak to a man seen in the Well Hall Road area between midnight and 0130 (GMT) on May 11.

He is described as white, aged 25-35, with short hair and a bald patch at the crown. He was wearing a bomber jacket, and light trousers.

Although an inquest found Stephen to be unlawfully killed in an "unprovoked racist attack" by five white youths, no one has ever been convicted.

Stephen Lawrence
Stephen's killers remain at large
The public inquiry into Stephen's murder was resumes on Wednesday after a two-day adjournment. Detective Superintendent Ian Crampton, who led the murder inquiry for the first four days, will be giving evidence.

At the inquiry last month Stephen's mother accused police of criticising her family to shift blame from themselves.

Doreen Lawrence accused police of playing games in an attempt to justify not making arrests of suspects until a fortnight after the attack.

"Right from day one no consideration has been given to our feelings as human beings," Mrs Lawrence said in a statement.

"The police at no time, at the start of their investigation and to date, did not see us as victims of crime. But as a family we got in the way by asking questions and trying to assist them by giving information that came to us."

Police told the inquiry that they did not consider the killing racially motivated, believing his killers' primary purpose was to stab someone as "a sort of inauguration process."

Detective Sergeant John Bevan said communications broke down with the family after outside black activist groups influenced them. He described Mrs Lawrence's attitude towards him as "aggressive" and said he tried to be "positive and always happy right through the inquiry."

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