Police investigating Grenfell fire conduct interviews under caution

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) investigation into the Grenfell Tower disaster has moved to a new phase with a planned programme of interviews under caution.

So far, three interviews have been carried out, and Scotland Yard said this week it was likely that further interviews will take place in the coming weeks and months.

The police are considering offences including gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and breaches of the Health and Safety Act.

The families and survivors have also been informed that the MPS remains on schedule to hand over responsibility for Grenfell Tower as the police work at the tower is nearing completion. It is anticipated the handover of the tower is likely to take place in early August.

The statement said: "Over the past year, police and experts have worked tirelessly to ensure that every aspect of the physical examination of Grenfell Tower have been completed to the highest possible standards, including searches, forensic examinations, digital scanning, photography and videography, as well as the examination by many independent experts of specific aspects of the building construction and maintenance systems, on behalf of both the MPS and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. This considerable work has been supported by a series of off-site tests and reconstructions."

The Grenfell Tower fire, which broke out on 14 June 2017 in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of flats in North Kensington, caused 72 deaths, including two who later died in hospital.

Image: The Grenfell fire took place on 14 June (MPS)

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