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Police probe 'failed miserably'

Doreen Lawrence has attacked the original police investigation into her son's murder, saying that detectives "failed miserably" to find his killers back in 1993.

She thanked jurors for finding Gary Dobson and David Norris guilty but said it was not a cause for celebration.

Speaking outside the Old Bailey, Mrs Lawrence said: "Had the police done their job properly, I would have spent the last 18 years grieving for my son rather than fighting to get his killers to court."

Mrs Lawrence said her relief at the verdicts was mixed with anger that she and her family were put through nearly two decades of "grief and uncertainty" not knowing if or when they would get justice.

"These verdicts will not bring my son back. How can I celebrate when I know that this day could have come 18 years ago if the police who were meant to find my son's killers (had not) failed so miserably to do so?" she said.

Neville Lawrence called for Norris and Dobson to name the rest of those responsible for his son's murder.

The murdered teenager's father told Channel 4 News: "I'm praying that these people now realise that they have been found out and say to themselves: 'Yes I did that awful deed, but I wasn't alone in that action that night and there are other people who are also guilty of what I have done' and name them.

"I hope before the sentence is passed on them, that they will actually talk and give the rest of these people who were part of the group that killed my son up tomorrow morning."

They spoke after one of the most senior officers in the Metropolitan Police said it was "a matter of huge regret" that it had taken nearly two decades to bring anyone to justice for the racist killing.

Acting deputy commissioner Cressida Dick said: "It's a matter of huge regret to the Met that it has taken 18 years to get to this point."

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