Grenfell Tower: Police say Kensington Council and TMO 'may have committed corporate manslaughter'

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Police say there are “reasonable grounds” for corporate manslaughter charges over the Grenfell Tower blaze that left at least 80 dead.

Both Kensington and Chelsea Council and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) have been told they may have committed manslughter.

The news has emerged after a letter was sent by the Metropolitan Police to Grenfell survivors and families of those who died.

The letter said that a “huge amount of material” had been seized and a “large number of witness statements” taken.

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It added: “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.”

Both organisations will now be questioned under the 2007 Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act.  

A Met Police spokesman told the Standard: “This is a complex and far reaching investigation that by its very nature will take a considerable time to complete.

“The Met has made a commitment to the families who lost loved ones in the fire and survivors that they will be kept updated, as far as we possibly can, as the investigation continues.

“As is routine, we will not give a running commentary on this investigation.”

At least 80 people were killed when the blaze ripped through the 24-storey block of flats in west London on June 14.

The news comes after family and friends of five of those killed in the fire, including two child victims, gathered to remember their loved ones on Thursday.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, joined a congregation in north Kensington, a little more than half a mile from the scene of the disaster six weeks ago.


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