Crimewatch appeal for the Stephen Lawrence murder

Pic: BBC

Crimewatch helps solve some of the UK’s biggest cases Pic: BBC

Crimewatch will make a fresh appeal tonight  in connection with the murder of Stephen Lawrence in Eltham.  Lawrence was fatally stabbed on 22 April 1993 by a group of up to six white youths in an unprovoked racist attack.

In wake of the 20th anniversary of the attack, DCI Clive Driscoll will take viewers back to the scene of the crime and run them through the night’s events.

In a statement Driscoll said: “We believe there were people in the area that night who may have seen something. Not the murder itself necessarily but events or individuals leading up to the event. I am taking this opportunity to appeal directly to those people to come forward and speak to us. You may think you won’t remember something from so long ago, but we would still implore you to come forward.”

Stephen Lawrence. Pic: copyright family of Stephen Lawrence

Stephen Lawrence. Pic: family of Stephen Lawrence

In January 2012 Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty of being involved in the attack. They were sentenced to life imprisonment after a forensic review of the case found significant new scientific evidence on clothing seized from their homes following the murder.

Despite the convictions of  Dobson and Norris, the investigation remains open.

The Metropolitan Police released a statement detailing individuals they believe were in the vicinity of the murder but never came forward

These include:

Two men who got off a bus at the stop opposite where Lawrence was attacked and walked southbound along the east side of Well Hall Road

  • A man who ran from the area of Well Hall Road roundabout to the bus stop on the same side of Well Hall Road as the attack (west side)
  • A man who was walking on the east side of Well Hall south of the roundabout (opposite The Coronet Cinema) towards the scene of the attack; and who was wearing a very distinctive green jacket with a large “V”.

    Witness green jacket Met Police

    Artist’s impression of a man in a green ‘V’ jacket Met Police would like to trace.

  • Anyone else in the general vicinity; such as those outside The Coronet Cinema and on passing buses.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8310. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Crimewatch will be broadcast tonight at 9pm on BBC 1.





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