British police say grounds for corporate manslaughter over Grenfell Tower blaze: BBC

Relatives hold pictures at a memorial service for five of the Grenfell Tower fire victims, July 27, 2017.
Relatives hold pictures at a memorial service for five of the Grenfell Tower fire victims, July 27, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - British police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least 80 people in London last month (June 2017) said there are grounds to suspect that corporate manslaughter may have been committed by the local council, the BBC reported on Thursday.

The BBC said Kensington and Chelsea Council and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation have been told there are grounds to suspect that each may have committed the offence.

“There are reasonable grounds to suspect that each organisation may have committed the offence of corporate manslaughter,” the BBC quoted a letter from London police to residents of the tower block as saying.

Kensington and Chelsea Council did not immediately comment on the report when contacted by Reuters.