Met chief ‘failed to tell’ Lawrence’s mother about police spying

The Guardian:

Britain’s most senior police officer failed to tell Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen, that undercover spies gathered intelligence on her family while they pressed police to carry out a proper investigation into his killing.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, withheld the information when he met Lawrence three weeks ago to discuss claims that a covert Special Branch unit had collected intelligence on her family. Hogan-Howe had been notified before the meeting that an internal police investigation had uncovered information on the Lawrence family in the files of the undercover unit.

Really not sure why he failed to mention this.   Presumably he was managing the news for the Met’s benefit rather than Doreen Lawrence’s.