Acting deputy commissioner Cressida Dick comments on the verdict in the Stephen Lawrence trial:
"We are very pleased for the family and those who loved Stephen. There have been several investigations over the last 18 years during which the Lawrence family have campaigned tirelessly for justice.
"This prosecution has depended upon previously unavailable scientific technology and techniques which led to the discovery of the new evidence.
"Throughout this inquiry there has been close co-operation between the Metropolitan Police, the CPS and counsel. We have also worked very closely with the Forensic Science Service and LGC forensics.
"The Lawrence family were kept informed at all stages of the forensic review and subsequent re-investigation. We pay tribute to Mr and Mrs Lawrence's courage and dignity. They have contributed to major changes within policing, the law and society as a whole."