Some of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire may never be identified, the Metropolitan Police has said.
The death toll from the blaze currently stands at 17 and is set to rise, with police saying they believe they know the identity of six of the deceased.
Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy says it may not be possible to identify all victims.
He said: “It may be - and I just don’t know - it may be that ultimately some victims remain unidentified.
“I won’t know that until we’ve gone through the full recovery from Grenfell Tower and we know exactly what we’ve got and I anticipate that is going to take a considerable period of time.
“Not just the immediate recovery of the bodies we have found but the full search of that whole building we could be talking weeks we could be talking months - it is a very long process.
“There is a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody.”
Six bodies have so far been recovered from the gutted 27-storey tower, while 11 have been located inside but cannot be removed.
Senior officers at Scotland Yard have said they hope the final death toll will not reach triple figures.
Comm Cundy’s comments come after Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a full public inquiry into the disaster.
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