£100,000 compensation for Lawrence attack survivor

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Scotland Yard has agreed to pay the surviving victim of the racist attack on Stephen Lawrence compensation of £100,000 following complaints he made about his treatment by the force, it emerged today.

Duwayne Brooks was present when his 18-year-old friend was stabbed in April 1993 in Eltham, south east London, and he telephoned for an ambulance.

However, he claimed that he was later treated as a criminal by the police, and went on to suffer from severe post traumatic stress disorder.

In a statement today, Scotland Yard said: "The Metropolitan Police Service can confirm that it has reached a settlement regarding civil actions brought by Duwayne Brooks against the Metropolitan Police Service.

"The claimant has agreed to discontinue a claim against a number of named individuals.

"The claims against the Commissioner have been settled. This has been a protracted and difficult period for all persons involved and was initially borne out of the tragic racist murder of Stephen Lawrence and the attack on Duwayne Brooks.

"The terms of this settlement include a written letter of apology and financial compensation, which was authorised by the Metropolitan Police Authority."

A force spokeswoman confirmed that the figure was £100,000.