Newly released figures have shed light on the enormity of the Metropolitan Police’s criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire
Speaking at the first procedural hearing of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, Jeremy Johnson, QC for the Metropolitan Police, said that the force had obtained ‘well in excess’ of 31 million documents.
He also said the police had identified 383 companies as ‘having some involvement in or connection to the construction or refurbishment of Grenfell Tower’.
Johnson added that 2,500 physical exhibits had been seized and 2,332 statements taken from 1,144 witnesses.
The QC went on to describe the various crimes being investigated by the force in relation to the tragic fire.
’The criminal offences that are being investigated include, but are not limited to, offences of manslaughter, offences of corporate manslaughter, misconduct in public office and breaches of fire safety legislation,’ he said. ‘Nothing has been excluded from the scope of the criminal investigation.’
Johnson said that the police had instructed forensic experts to ‘consider every aspect of the cause and spread of the fire and smoke’. A ‘full and accurate’ picture of how the fire spread and took hold could only be obtained once gathering of forensic evidence had completed, he added. This is expected to take until autumn next year.
The procedural hearing continues today at Holborn Bars, central London. It can be live-streamed on the inquiry website.