Grenfell Tower: Police consider corporate manslaughter charges

Scotland Yard are investigating Kensington council and its tenant management organisation for corporate manslaughter over the Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least 80 people.

In a letter circulated to survivors, police say they have “reasonable grounds” to suspect the organisations may have been involved in corporate manslaughter.

Both groups will be questioned under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, The Independent reports.

While police cannot make arrests for corporate manslaughter, they could charge individuals for gross negligence manslaughter if a death is found to have been caused by a person’s act or omission, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The June inferno spread so rapidly that experts are still struggling to identify victims, The Guardian reports.

Separately, at least 60 tower blocks in London have failed new fire safety tests for the same type of cladding and foam insulation used to refurbish Grenfell Tower, the BBC reports.

Grenfell Tower: Taskforce takes over key Kensington services

5 July

A taskforce has been appointed to manage key services at Kensington and Chelsea council, reports The Independent.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid will announce that a team of outside experts will be manage the likes of housing, regeneration, community engagement and governance services following criticism over the council’s handling of the tragedy.

The move will be confirmed in a written statement to MPs, says The Guardian, which adds the taskforce “is expected to be phased in as the current Grenfell Tower response team is gradually wound down”. Both the council leader and chief executive have resigned in the aftermath of the 14 June fire.
 

 

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