Police say enough evidence to bring charges against Grenfell Tower owners.

Police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire have concluded there are “reasonable grounds” to suspect the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) and the council’s Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) may have committed corporate manslaughter by outfitting the building with flammable cladding which resulted in the deaths of 80 people in the Tower.



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Chiefs from both organisations will be formally interviewed by officers as part of the criminal investigation into the tragedy that claimed at least 80 lives.

The statement sent to families today states: “We have seized a huge amount of material and taken a large number of witness statements.

“After an initial assessment of that information, the officer leading the investigation has today notified Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that each organisation may have committed the offence of corporate manslaughter under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.”

Meanwhile, investigators have said that Grenfell Tower will be covered in a protective wrap to help with forensic investigations.

Michael Lockwood told a public meeting on Wednesday that the charred building, in North Kensington in London, would be covered in August.

He said that he expected the demolition of the tower block, where at least 80 people died in the fire on 14 June, would begin “towards the end of 2018”.

He added that some possessions could be retrieved from 33 of the block’s flats.

Speaking at the Notting Hill Methodist Church, Mr Lockwood said the recovery operation tower block could last until November this year.

The criminal investigation into the building – which requires material to be collected – could go on until January.

 



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