Police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire believe there is “reasonable grounds’ to suspect that corporate manslaughter may have been committed.
Police have told survivors and relatives of those who sadly died that Kensington and Chelsea Council and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation may have committed the offence.
We know so far 80 people have killed in the blaze at Grenfell Tower a 24-storey block of flats in west London on June 14.
Many more deaths have yet to be confirmed with forensic officers still combing the site to identify possible further deaths. The challenge they face is that the inferno was so intense that forensic officers will struggle to find the remains of any further possible bodies and that there was not a true record of exactly who was within the tower.
The Metropolitan Police released a letter addressed to the residents and confirmed senior figures from the council and the management organisation faced being interviewed.
The letter said: “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.”
“In due course, a senior representative of each corporation will be formally interviewed by police in relation to the potential offence.
“This interview will not take place immediately since it is important that all relevant facts and information have been gathered before any such interview is conducted.”
“simply an update on the investigation so far”, adding: “The content of this note should not be taken to conclude that the identified offences and organisations are the only offences, organisations or individuals that are being investigated.”