The families and loved ones of those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire have met with key members of the police team and the coroner, with the force revealing that 87 'recoveries' of human remains have been made so far.
The meeting, held on Tuesday (July 4) was to provide updates and answer any questions on all the areas of the Met’s operation, including the search and recovery operation inside Grenfell Tower, the process of formally identifying those who have died and the investigation into how and why the fire started.
It comes as police said the last visible human remains have been recovered from the tower and transferred to Westminster Mortuary.
Those at the meeting were told around 250 specialist investigators are continuing their work as part of the Met Police operation following the tragic fire on June 14.
Among those present to answer questions was Commander Stuart Cundy, who is overseeing the Met’s response to the fire, and senior coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox.
At least 80 people are thought to have died in the fire, with police revealing 21 have been formally identified by the coroner.
Commander Cundy said: “At the very heart of our investigation, and all our work, are those who died in the fire and our efforts to support those who have been bereaved.
“It is vitally important that families and loved ones are engaged and know what we are doing and why. We will continue to involve families throughout the investigation.
“I completely understand their desire for answers and we are committed to providing as much information we can, as soon as we can.”
Updating the search and recovery operation inside the building, he said: “In total we have made 87 recoveries, but I must stress that the catastrophic damage inside Grenfell Tower means that is not 87 people .
“Until formal identification has been completed to the coroner’s satisfaction I cannot say how many people have now been recovered.
“A total of 21 people who died have been formally identified by the Coroner and their families informed.
“Work continues using all available techniques, supported by experts and specialists, to identify all those whose remains we have recovered.”
Expert anthropologists are assisting specialist officers with a hand search, which will involve examining about 15.5 tonnes of debris on each floor to find the remains of people still within Grenfell Tower.
He said: “We will use all the information we have, especially what we have been told by survivors and families, to prioritise our search where we believe we may find more human remains. This will take us many months, but we will search each and every flat.
“We are absolutely determined to do all we can as quickly as we can to return all those who are in Grenfell Tower to their loved ones.
“However, as I’ve said before such is the devastation caused by the fire it may be that tragically we cannot find or identify all those who lost their lives .”
The investigation is one of the largest and most complex in the Met’s history.
Detectives are appealing to those people who lived in Grenfell Tower and may have images of the building’s fire safety features from before the fire to provide them to police.
Call the incident room free phone number on 0800 032 4539, email Grenfell.email@example.com or upload any material via here .
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