Grenfell council and TMO closer to corporate manslaughter charge

Police update statement suggests “reasonable grounds” to suspect each organisation may have committed the offence.

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Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) is closer to a corporate manslaughter charge over the Grenfell disaster with reports suggesting investigators have concluded there are “reasonable grounds” to suspect the offence.

The report also says there are “reasonable grounds” to suspect Kensington & Chelsea Council of the same offence.

Bosses from both organisations will be formally interviewed under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 as part of Operation Northleigh, the criminal investigation into the disaster – according to updates from the Metropolitan Police to those affected.

A statement circulated said an “initial assessment” of seized material and witness statements had allowed police to conclude that each organisation may have committed corporate manslaughter the offence.

The statement is reported to have said: “We have seized a huge amount of material and taken a large number of witness statements.

“After an initial assessment of that information, the officer leading the investigation has today notified Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Kensington and Chelsea TMO that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that each organisation may have committed the offence of corporate manslaughter under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.

“In due course, a senior representative for each corporation will be formally interviewed by police in relation to the potential offence.”

It was unclear which senior figures will be interviewed and the legislation does not allow for the arrest of any individual.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “This is a complex and far reaching investigation that by its very nature will take a considerable time to complete.

“The Met has made a commitment to the families who lost loved ones in the fire and survivors that they will be kept updated, as far as we possibly can, as the investigation continues.”

A number of stakeholders from both the council and TMO resigned in the wake of the disaster, including the two respective chief executives.

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