Grenfell Tower investigation can consider individual as well as corporate manslaughter cases

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire may consider individual as well as corporate manslaughter charges, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

The news relates to the investigation being pursued by police, which opened in the wake of the fire three months ago.

The Grenfell Tower apartment block erupted in flames on June 15, killing dozens of people in one of the worst tragedies to hit Britain in recent times.

Two weeks after the blaze, the Telegraph reported that 60 organisations been identified as having a hand in the tower's refurbishment, which has been widely cited as a cause of the fire.

In July police said they had "reasonable grounds" to suspect that corporate manslaughter had been committed. 

However campaigners such as the Justice4Grenfell group argued that the investigation should go even further and implored the Met to consider gross negligence manslaughter charges against those involved in the upkeep, management and refurbishment of the tower.

Last week a separate inquiry being led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick opened to huge criticism, with critics suggesting the terms of reference don't go far enough and Moore-Bick is a poor choice to preside over the investigation.

Moore-Bick's inquiry cannot determine criminal or civil liability, and must refer any such recommendations to the Crown Prosecution Service.