Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has issued a statement on the sentencing of Gary Dobson and David Norris, guilty of murdering Stephen Lawrence. He said:

"The failures in the Stephen Lawrence murder case have been a long running sore for us as a city and an embarrassment to our police force. I, like everyone across the country, have always been in awe of the Lawrence family's dignified pursuit of justice, they are a fine example to us all. Today's sentencing is a reflection of their tireless determination and also sends a bold message to anyone else involved in this crime. This case is certainly not closed but I am relieved that some justice at last has been done."