British police suspect Grenfell Tower council committed corporate manslaughter

'There are grounds to suspect each council may have committed offence'


Reuters July 28, 2017
Flames and smoke billow as firefighters deal with a serious fire in the Grenfell Tower apartment block at Latimer Road in West London. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON:

British police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least 80 people in London last month said there are grounds to suspect that corporate manslaughter may have been committed by the local council, the BBC reported on Thursday.


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The BBC said Kensington and Chelsea Council and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation have been told there are grounds to suspect that each may have committed the offence.


"There are reasonable grounds to suspect that each organisation may have committed the offence of corporate manslaughter," the BBC quoted a letter from London police to residents of the tower block as saying.


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Kensington and Chelsea Council did not immediately comment on the report when contacted by Reuters.


On June 14, a massive fire ripped through the 27-storey apartment block in west London.

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