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Saturday, 2 February, 2002, 08:37 GMT
Bringing Lawrence killers to justice
John Grieve
The BBC's Tim Sebastian met John Grieve
Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, John Grieve speaks out about the continued fight to bring the killers of Stephen Lawrence to justice.

Speaking in an interview with Tim Sebastian for the BBC's HARDtalk programme, Mr Grieve said there was "plenty of work going on in turning what is intelligence into hard evidence".

Investigators have submitted a number of reports to the Crown Prosecution Service and the Director of Public Prosecutions, who will make a decision on whether to bring the case to trial again.

Stephen Lawrence
Stephen Lawrence was murdered in April 1993
However, he maintained there was still more evidence to present to the CPS, saying: "We haven't finished the work that we're doing."

"The people who murdered Stephen need to be brought to justice."

Neil Acourt, Gary Dobson and Luke Knight were tried at the Old Bailey for the murder but were formally acquitted in April 1996.

The judge ruled that identification evidence from Duwayne Brooks, a friend of Stephen, was inadmissible.

The case against two other men had been discontinued.

The case led to proposals to end the double jeopardy rule which prevents suspects being tried twice for the same crime.


Mr Grieve is the head of London's police unit investigating race-hate crimes and is a former head of Britain's anti-terrorist branch.

Stephen Lawrence murder
April 1993 Stephen stabbed to death
July 1993 Charges against Jamie Acourt and David Norris dropped
April 1996 Private prosecution against Neil Acourt, Gary Dobson and Luke Knight collapses
1998 Inquiry into the murder
February 1999 Sir William Macpherson makes 70 recommendations to end institutionalised racism
He said the real milestone for Stephen's parents would come when prosecutions could be bought "against anybody, whether they're people you've heard about or whether it's anybody else."

Mr Grieve also went on to talk about the problems of policing what he called the "patchwork quilt that is London's communities".

"I think you have to be careful about the extremists at one extreme, but be careful not to switch off those who can help you, those who can provide you with support," he added.

London was probably the most "diverse city on this planet" with over 10,000 calls made to the Metropolitan Police service every day, he said.

However this diversity called for a "massive amount of interaction" with different ethnic communities.


Mr Grieve also spoke out about the impact the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry had on the Metropolitan Police's handling of race-hate crimes.

"We're arresting 200 people a month and we're getting 300 clear ups for hate crimes across London, " he said.

"That is a tribute to Mr and Mrs Lawrence and the Stephen Lawrence inquiry."

"I can't remember a single solitary day that we didn't work to our utmost to make people we are working for feel safe," he added.

John Grieve
"The people who murdered Stephen need to be brought to justice."
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