07/03/2014 12:35 GMT | Updated 07/03/2014 12:59 GMT

Stephen Lawrence: Head Of IPCC Apologises To Family For 'Prolonging Search For Truth'

The head of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has apologised to the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence for the police watchdog's part in prolonging the "family's search for the truth".

IPCC chair Dame Anne Owers said Mark Ellison QC's review, published yesterday, made it clear that the 2006 IPCC investigation was "wrong" to conclude there was no evidence to suggest Scotland Yard withheld information in relation to corruption from the Macpherson inquiry into Stephen's death.

She said: "I fully recognise this has prolonged by many years the Lawrence family's search for the truth about the failed investigation into their son's murder. I have today written to Baroness Lawrence and Mr Lawrence to apologise for our part in this."