Two-year wait expected for Grenfell charges

Grenfell Tower

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A likely two-year wait for any charges in the criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire has been dubbed "frustrating and disheartening" by families and survivors.

Those affected by the blaze said they felt as though they were "in limbo" until someone could be held to account for what happened, campaign group Grenfell United said.

The west London fire in June 2017 killed 72 people.

In an announcement on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police said it would be "wrong" not to wait for the final report of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the second phase of which is unlikely to begin before the end of 2019.



The inquiry's second part will examine the wider issues surrounding the fire, while the first phase was confined to the night itself.

Scotland Yard said in a statement it is unlikely to submit a file to the Crown Prosecution Service before "the latter part of 2021".

Survivor Natasha Elcock, chairwoman of Grenfell United, said: "We are living in a limbo with no individuals or organisations being held accountable and it is so painful for all of us who lost loved ones and our homes that night. We wait month after month, our lives on hold, for some kind of justice and progress.

"It is extremely frustrating and disheartening to now be told this will be our way of life for years to come."