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Stephen Lawrence Murder: Met Boss Bernard Hogan-Howe Warns 'Other' Killers

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Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe
Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe

Scotland Yard Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has issued a warning to the other suspects in the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, as two men prepared to be sentenced for the crime.

"The other people involved in the murder of Stephen Lawrence should not rest easily in their beds," he said.

Britain's top police officer urged people to come forward with more information about the 1993 killing as he hailed Lawrence family members and forensic experts for their work securing yesterday's guilty verdicts.

He said Scotland Yard was "actively reviewing the consequences of what opportunities might be presented" by yesterday's guilty verdicts by a jury at the Old Bailey.

In a direct appeal for further potential witnesses, he added: "Anything you know, please tell us... We can make a difference in this case still."

When asked about allegations that the Metropolitan Police was still institutionally racist, Hogan-Howe said: "I hope we are not but it is a bit like asking someone if they are a nice person. Are we the best people to ask?"

He said the force was "hugely different from where we were" at the time of Lawrence's death.