Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

London police ponder manslaughter in tower fire

London police ponder manslaughter in tower fire

The London Borough of Camden to evacuating 800 homes in tower blocks because of safety concerns following a devastating fire that killed at least 79 people.

Occupants of one of the five high-rise apartment buildings in Chalcots estate will be moved into temporary accommodations while the work takes place, said Georgia Gould, the leader of Camden Council, in a statement.

The move comes as a vast operation is under way across the United Kingdom to identify buildings with cladding like that used on the Grenfell Tower fire in north Kensington where a fire killed at least 79 people.

Colin Beattie, Musselburgh MSP, wrote to East Lothian Council this week to seek confirmation that the cladding used on the tower was not used on any buildings in the county.

In a notice posted online and shared by Dublin Fire Brigade the manufacturer said they have been made aware of an incident involving a Hotpoint branded appliances, manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009. "We need to do everything we can to keep residents safe".

Documents and materials have been seized from a number of organisations as part of this process, the police said.

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The Government has ordered an immediate examination by experts of the model of Hotpoint fridge freezer involved, Downing Street said.

The Taplow tower in the Chalcots Estate in Camden has similar plastic panels that were fitted to the outside of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower. I don't know where we are going to go. I'm so angry because we had the meeting with the council last night and they tried to reassure us.

It came as four more victims of Grenfell Tower were formally identified, taking the known victims of the fire to nine.

"We will identify and investigate any criminal offense and, of course, given the deaths of so many people we are considering manslaughter, as well as criminal offenses and breaches of legislation and regulations", McCormack added.

"I'm at a loss as to why Theresa May has not convened (emergency committee) Cobra today to get emergency arrangements led by central government to support local authorities, to give the residents the necessary reassurance and address this issue".

Police says 79 people are either dead or missing and presumed dead in the blaze, although that number may change. Premier Inn said Friday it had "concerns" about the material used on some of its buildings, though it is different from the type used at Grenfell Tower.

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