London,UK Sunday 18th June 2017 Grenfell GV from the aftermath inside the block of flats where the dead all as reach 58. These shocking pictures show how intense the fire was within the building
Commander Stuart Cundy, said:
“It is really important that we are clear about the scale of the challenge facing us as our teams search Grenfell Tower to recover those people still inside and return them to their loved ones.
“Whilst our teams have been from the bottom to the top of the tower, we must now carry out a full forensic and systematic search. The conditions due to the fire damage verge on indescribable, which is why this will be such a lengthy operation taking weeks to complete. We must also prepare people for the terrible reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire.
“Family liaison officers are supporting families, and that includes those people we know to be dead; some of those who are critically ill and sadly those people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower that night who we have been unable to trace.
“Work has been ongoing throughout the night and continues today, so we can get as good an understanding as possible about who we believe to be still missing.
“Sadly that work leads me to believe that the number of people missing, but as yet unaccounted for has risen from yesterday’s figure of 58.
“Today, police teams continue their support to families, and make enquiries to cross check the number of those missing. I have always said I will be accurate about what I know, so the next figure of those presumed dead and missing will be released tomorrow, Monday, 19 June. The figure will be higher but I do not wish to speculate on that number today.
“I must consider the fact that there may be others in the building who, for whatever reason have not been reported to us. There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no one knows are missing.
“I want to hear from anyone who believes that they know someone who may have been living, staying or visiting but has not yet been reported missing to us. We are not interested in your reasons for not telling us sooner, we just want to understand as best as we can who may still be inside the building.”
Anyone who has concerns about someone who they know may have been living, visiting or staying in Grenfell Towers, but has not yet been contacted by the police or not yet reported their concerns about a possible missing person should call the police Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233.
The Casualty Bureau will be able to take all the relevant information from the caller to enable the police to further investigate if the reported person can be traced. If you initially reported someone as missing but have now traced them, but not called back the Casualty Bureau to report them as found please do so.
Casualty Bureau provides a really important link between the public reporting people as missing and the specialist investigators working on the operation to recover and identify those who are dead.
The images released today have been taken inside flats where police know that everyone inside has been accounted for a resident of each flat notified by police of the release of the material.
Detectives are working through the material that has already been supplied by the public following yesterday’s appeal.
Commander Cundy added:
“I’m really grateful to all those people who have provided us with material that could help our investigation. I’d urge anyone who has not yet provided us with material to please do so.
“Our investigation will be wide ranging and exhaustive – it will seek to find out if any crimes have been committed and if so make sure that we do all we can to bring any person responsible to justice.
“This will take us some time, but I give my commitment that if as part of that investigation we identify anything that gives cause for concern for the safety of the public we will inform the relevant authorities.”
Anyone with any material, which they haven’t yet provided to police, can upload it via www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or email via [email protected]©UKNIP