The Metropolitan Police Service has completed the forensic investigation of Grenfell Tower, which means the tower is no longer required as a crime scene.
An independent site management team, which has been in place since June 2017, is now responsible for all aspects of the ongoing day-to-day management of the site such as security as well as health and safety. This site remediation team was put in place immediately after the fire and is led by Doug Patterson, Chief Executive of the London Borough of Bromley. A local policing team will continue to patrol the surrounding area, working and engaging with the local community as well as the site team.
The Government has announced it will take responsibility for the Grenfell Tower site; it will make operational decisions, such as on the site’s safety, security and access arrangements, until the future of the site has been determined by the community. A formal agreement will be finalised in the autumn.
Commander Stuart Cundy, said: “Police specialists and forensic experts have worked meticulously over the past year to ensure that the detailed examination of Grenfell Tower has been completed to the highest standards. This has been supported by a series of off-site tests and reconstructions.
“We have documented the results of a thorough forensic examination and recovered huge quantities of material of evidential value, working with experts to examine the building construction and maintenance systems. We have recorded every aspect of the tower, both inside and out, using laser scanning as well as extensive photography and videography which enables us to virtually recreate the Grenfell Tower as part of our ongoing investigation.
“We have carefully planned for this day and are satisfied that passing over control of the tower will have no bearing on the ongoing criminal investigation or any subsequent criminal proceedings. Simply put, we have everything we need from the tower.
“In the six months following the fire, one of our key priorities was to recover, identify and return all those who tragically died to their families. From the outset, we have also been relentless in our investigations at the tower. I recognise that releasing the tower as a crime scene is a significant milestone and we have updated bereaved families and survivors that whilst our work on the site is now complete, our large and complex police investigation continues.”