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Stephen Lawrence's mother to grill Met Police chief

The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence is to meet Britain's most senior police officer today following a "promising" meeting with the Home Secretary.

Doreen Lawrence will go to New Scotland Yard to see Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to discuss claims that undercover officers hunted for information to smear her family.

Speaking at City Hall in London yesterday, Sir Bernard said he would try to answer some of the 13 questions that her lawyer Imran Khan has put forward to the force, but insisted that it is not for him to call for a public inquiry. He said: "We can see if we can answer those questions, we can tell her what we're doing."

Mrs Lawrence met Theresa May at the Home Office yesterday to urge her to hold a full investigation in public.

After the meeting Mrs Lawrence said: "I made my point quite clear. For 20 years the fact we as a family have been talking about corruption and we have undercover officers trying to smear our family. I want answers.

"I want to know who was the senior officer who signed that off."

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