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Police consider manslaughter charges over Grenfell Tower fire

McCormick said that documents regarding Grenfell Tower have been seized from several businesses but no one has been questioned thus far.

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.

The overnight fire rapidly engulfed Grenfell Tower, with flames shooting up the outside of the building, raising concerns that the cladding material attached to the concrete block didn't comply with fire-safety rules.

She added that the government could test more than 100 samples a day, through the Building Research Establishment, with the results coming within hours. The number of dead is likely to rise, with McCormack admitting: "I fear there are more".

The force will consider manslaughter charges on those involved as part of its ongoing criminal investigation into the tragedy that claimed at least 79 lives and displaced hundreds.

In reply, Mr Corbyn said the residents of Grenfell Tower were "let down both in the immediate aftermath and so cruelly beforehand" and that the public inquiry "must establish the extent and by who".

But she did say the forensic search "may not be complete until the end of the year".

In the United States, the brand now belongs to Haier, following the Chinese group's purchase of General Electric Co's appliance business.

"Words can not express our sorrow at this bad tragedy".

The fridge freezer the fire started in was a Hotpoint FF175BP model.

There are 36 blocks of flats of seven or more storeys used for social housing in Wales. She added that initial tests on equivalent aluminum composite tiles used as cladding in a recent refurbishment of the building had failed safety tests. Some councils have begun removing the panels.

McCormack also urged any residents of Grenfell Tower who had previously reported or had concerns about the building's safety to get in touch with police.

Cladding is typically fitted to the outside of high-rise buildings to improve insulation and tidy up the appearance of the exterior.

The police are considering bringing a range of criminal offences, from manslaughter to health and safety offences. Tests so far have found that at.

"We have also listened to over 600 emergency 999 calls made to the fire brigade, ambulance service and police to understand the events of that night", McCormack said.

She pleaded with those who knew the exact individuals that were in the building to contact the police, specifying that neither the Home Office nor the police would be interrogated those people's immigration status.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said: "We believe it is appropriate and timely that the first major football match involving top-flight clubs to take place in our city since the tragedy will be dedicated in such a way to the victims and survivors, and to the enormous number of heroes of the rescue operation, especially given this occasion's long history of being played for the benefit of the wider community and people in need of support".



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