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Racism 'has no place in society'
Chf Con Bernard Hogan-Howe
Mr Hogan-Howe said the case "united Merseyside"
The conviction of two cousins for the murder of black teenager Anthony Walker shows racism has no place in society, Merseyside's police chief has said.

Chief Constable Bernard Hogan-Howe talks about the case in a monthly webcast on the police website.

He praised the Walker family's "dignity and calm" but said the brutal murder had "united the people of Merseyside".

Michael Barton and Paul Taylor were jailed for the murder, which took place in Huyton in July, on Thursday.

Michael Barton, 17, of Boundary Road, Huyton, was found guilty of his murder and will serve a minimum of 17 years and eight months.

Anthony Walker
Anthony Walker was murdered with an ice axe
Paul Taylor, 20, of Elizabeth Road, Huyton, admitted murder and must serve at least 23 years and eight months.

At Preston Crown Court, sitting in Liverpool, Mr Justice Leveson told the pair this was "a racist attack of a type poisonous to any civilised society."

Anthony's mother Gee Walker said she accepted the sentence and hoped Taylor and Barton would use their time behind bars to "reflect on what they've done".

Mr Hogan-Howe said in his video he was horrified by the what happened to Anthony, who was "a caring and devout Christian who had aspirations to become a lawyer with everything to live for".

He said he was proud of the work done by the force to convict Anthony's killers.

"It only goes to underline the fact that Merseyside Police is committed to investigating racially motivated crime.

"We would urge anyone who has suffered in any way to come forward and report it to police," he added.

Anthony's mother visiting the scene of his death

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