Sunday 25 February 2018

Police make '87 recoveries' from Grenfell Tower but death toll still unclear

Grenfell Tower in west London. Photo: PA
Grenfell Tower in west London. Photo: PA
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Police investigating the Grenfell Tower disaster say they have made "87 recoveries" but stressed "the catastrophic damage" inside means "that is not 87 people".

Most survivors displaced from Grenfell Tower and Walk are still living in hotels three weeks after the deadly blaze as the Government attempts to find them suitable accommodation.

Fourteen households hoping to be moved out of emergency accommodation have accepted offers for more permanent living arrangements, Grenfell Response Team (GRT) said.

It also emerged that a specialist taskforce will be sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council to take over the running of key services, following heavy criticism of its response to the disaster.

Commander Stuart Cundy, who is overseeing the Metropolitan Police response to the fire said: "On Monday, we forensically recovered the last of the visible human remains from Grenfell Tower and transferred them to Westminster Mortuary.

"In total we have made 87 recoveries, but I must stress that the catastrophic damage inside Grenfell Tower means that is not 87 people.

"Until formal identification has been completed to the Coroner's satisfaction I cannot say how many people have now been recovered."

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