Grenfell Tower no longer a crime scene as police complete forensic investigation

2 August 2018, 12:11

The forensic investigation of Grenfell Tower is completed and the site is no longer a crime scene, the Metropolitan Police has said.

Commander Stuart Cundy confirmed officers "have everything we need from the tower" as he sought to reassure victims.

72 people were killed in the blaze at the west London tower of flats in June 2017.

Cdr Cundy said the police had worked "meticulously" on a detailed examination of the tower and that they had recorded "every aspect" of it - inside and out.

It can now be "virtually recreated" to help with ongoing investigations.

Cdr Cundy added: "We have carefully planned for this day and are satisfied that passing over control of the tower will have no bearing on the ongoing criminal investigation or any subsequent criminal proceedings.

"Simply put, we have everything we need from the tower.

"I recognise that releasing the tower as a crime scene is a significant milestone and we have updated bereaved families and survivors that whilst our work on the site is now complete, our large and complex police investigation continues."

Police will now hand over day-to-day management of the site to an independent site management team, led by the chief executive of Bromley borough council, Doug Patterson.

Three interviews have already been carried out under caution by detectives investigating the fire, Scotland Yard confirmed last month.

It is "likely" that further interviews will take place in the "coming weeks and months", it added.

Offences being considered include "gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and breaches of the health and safety act".

Since June this year, the tower has been covered with white sheeting and banners with the green Grenfell heat around the top.

On Wednesday, members of survivors' group Grenfell United said they were "relieved" that the government will take over the site from the autumn.

That could allow for a "fitting memorial" once the tower is demolished, which is being planned by survivors and the bereaved.