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Police seek to jail those responsible for Grenfell fire

INVESTIGATION: Grenfell Tower

POLICE INVESTIGATING the Grenfell Tower fire say they may press individual manslaughter charges which could see those responsible for the disaster jailed, The Independent reports.

At a briefing on the progress of the investigation of the disaster, officers said they were examining eight cases of alleged fraud involving people who falsely claimed money after the fire. Four possible thefts from flats on the lower levels of the tower while it was under 24-hour security were also under investigation, they added.

Police said they believed the death toll from the 14 June blaze may fall slightly from the current estimate of about 80.

Speaking to reporters, Det Ch Supt Matt Bonner said: “This isn’t to be taken as indication that there is any evidence that we have found that would support these types of offences … we will keep an open mind, gather the material that exists and then make decisions once we have had an opportunity to fully review everything.”

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