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Police consider manslaughter charges in Grenfell Tower aftermath

The blaze has provoked anger and heaped pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May, who is fighting for her political survival after her party lost its parliamentary majority in a snap election at a time when Britain is beginning divorce talks with the European Union. Combustible cladding has been blamed for rapid fires at high-rise buildings in places like Dubai and Melbourne, Australia.

"The initial test on the cladding tiles also failed the safety test". "So that will form part of what is a manslaughter investigation".

The Government's Department for Buisness, Energy, and Industrial Strategy has ordered an immediate examination of the unit by technical experts to establish the cause of the incident.

Hotpoint said "words can not express our sorrow at this bad tragedy" and have expressed their "profound condolences" to the victims of the blaze. She added that the refrigerator, which has a freezer on the bottom and refrigerator on top, has not been the subject of a recall.

Fire safety tests and checks will be carried out on high-rise blocks used for social housing in Wales after a request from the Welsh Government.

Police are also investigating the exterior of Grenfell after confirming the aluminium cladding on the exterior of the building had failed safety tests. The council said it had told the contractor that installed the panels it was taking urgent legal advice.

Clothing is laid out on the pavement near a tower block severely damaged by a serious fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 14, 2017.

Police said there are now more than 250 specialist investigators working on "all aspects" of the investigation. She said it would examine all aspects of the cladding: the aluminum tiles, the insulation behind it, how it was fitted to building and the installation.

Elaborating on the direction with which the police will now take, she added: "We are looking at every criminal offence from manslaughter onwards".

In this photo released by the Metropolitan Police on Sunday, June 18, 2017, a view of an apartment in the Grenfell Tower after fire engulfed the 24-storey building, in London.

She repeated calls for anyone with information on who might have been in the tower to come forward.

United Kingdom authorities have given assurances that they will not check anyone's immigration status as a result of information given to police in relation to the blaze.

"I can confirm that the numbers we have of presumed dead still remain at 79 with nine people being formally identified", Metropolitan Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said.

"I fear that there are more (victims) - I do not know who they are at the moment and that is why I'm really pleading with the public to call us".



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