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Stephen Lawrence memorial: Man arrested over vandalism

The memorial plaque for Stephen Lawrence in Eltham
Image caption The plaque has been damaged by vandals on three occasions since it was unveiled in Eltham in 1995

A man has been arrested over vandalism to the memorial plaque for murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in south-east London in 1993.

A smashed glass bottle was found on the memorial in Well Hall Road, Eltham, on 2 October.

Police said a 33-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of racially-aggravated criminal damage at the site.

The plaque has been targeted three times in the 16 years since it was positioned at the site of the stabbing.

On one occasion it was chipped and it has also had paint and flammable liquids poured on it.

The suspect, whose name has not been released by Scotland Yard, was arrested on Sunday and has been bailed until 27 October.

Unrelated to the vandalism, Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, both of south London, have denied murdering Mr Lawrence, who was 18 when he was killed.

They are expected to go on trial on 14 November.

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