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Lawrence lawyer: Police inquiry 'needed'

25 June 2013 Last updated at 09:16 BST

A Leveson-style inquiry is needed to investigate the ethics of the police, according to a lawyer who represented the family of Stephen Lawrence.

The Home Secretary Theresa May has said claims that police tried to smear the family will be looked at by two existing inquiries.

But Michael Mansfield QC said broader issues of "accountability and transparency" must be examined.

Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said if the government began a public inquiry he would support it.

Michael Mansfield QC told the Today programme's James Naughtie that the alleged revelations were "alarming" but not "surprising".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 25 June 2013.