I hope and pray this could be a breakthrough for the familySource Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A public inquiry into the case, which started in 1998 and was led by Sir William Macpherson, labelled the Metropolitan Police “institutionally racist”. The report made 70 recommendations, some of which aimed at improving attitudes towards racism in the force. DNA from a unknown female has been found on evidence collected near Stephen Lawrence’s murder scene, it has been claimed. A leather strap belonging to a bag was allegedly tested by officers investigating the murder, which took place in April 1993.The DNA results link a female to the scene for the first time in the case’s history, reports said. It came after a number of items were retested.Officers are expected to appeal for witnesses during an episode of BBC’s Crimewatch on Monday night, The Sunday Times claimed.Officers are thought to want to eliminate the unnamed woman or girl from any further inquiries.A source told the paper: “I hope and pray this could be a breakthrough for the family.” The latest development comes after police re-released CCTV showing a witness they are hoping the trace.The man, who is wearing a jacket with a distinctive “V” on it, has never been identified despite previous police appeals. The latest development comes after police re-released CCTV showing a witness they are hoping the traceCredit:Metropolitan Police Stephen was an 18-year-old A-level student when he was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack near a bus stop in Eltham, south east London.Two people, Gary Dobson and David Norris, are currently in jail over the murder after being convicted in 2012.Three other suspects, Luke Knight and brothers Jamie and Neil Acourt, have never been prosecuted.
Females DNA discovered near Stephen Lawrences murder scene
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