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Met Police make nine new arrests re Grenfell Tower fraud

FRAUD: Eight men and one woman have been arrested for fraud in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire, police announced today

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING the Grenfell Tower fire have arrested nine people for fraud today.

The arrests of eight men and one woman were made at addresses across London.

All of the offences the police are investigating are linked to people who have claimed to be victims of the blaze and have fraudulently benefited through housing or allowances as a result.

The offences relate to fraudulent claims between £20,000 and £100,000.

Detective superintendent Matt Bonner, the senior investigating officer, said: “It is completely unacceptable that people would seek to profit from such a human tragedy, and try and attach themselves to a community that they are not part of. Over the last 12 months I have met all the families whose loved ones died; many of the survivors and members of the local community from Grenfell."

Criminal investigation into the cause and spread of the fire
The police have identified 507 organisations as having a role in the construction, refurbishment and management of Grenfell Tower.

Officers are focusing their efforts on the 36 organisation who played the most significant part in relation to these areas.

In total, 193 officers and staff are working full-time on this investigation.

Commander Stuart Cundy, who is overseeing the Met’s response, said: “As we approach one year on since the terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower, my thoughts are with all those so deeply affected by that night.

“This large and complex investigation remains a priority and we have made significant progress over the last year. We will continue to investigate fearlessly, as we move forward – all our officers and staff remain committed to carrying out a thorough investigation.”

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