Individual manslaughter charges are being considered in the Grenfell Tower criminal investigation as well as corporate manslaughter charges, Scotland Yard has said.
In a widely reported briefing at Scotland Yard, the Metropolitan Police gave updates on the criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June. It confirmed that individual and corporate manslaughter charges were both being considered.
So far 31M documents have been seized for the investigation, and 336 organisations have been identified as having “varying degrees of involvement”.
ITV News reported the police investigation will cover the construction, refurbishment, management and emergency response at the tower.
The Met also believes the number of deaths could be lower than 80, as more progress than expected had been made in recovering remains from the tower. Previously there had been fears that the final death toll could be far higher.
Several fraud cases involving money missing from the tower in the aftermath of the fire are also being investigated.
According to the BBC, detective chief inspector Matt Bonner said the investigation would deal with “whatever offences come to light”.
“The kind of stuff I would envisage we may come across would involve offences perhaps of fraud, misconduct offences, health and safety breaches, breaches of fire safety regulations, and of course offences of manslaughter, whether that be on a corporate or an individual level,” reported the BBC.