Opening statements continue, including one by the lawyer of Edward Daffarn, the tower resident who warned in 2016 that disaster would strike

The counsel for the Metropolitan police says the force will shortly provide a statement detailing its response on the night of the fire.

Jeremy Johnson says the criminal investigation is proceeding in accordance with the timetable previously detailed.

It is anticipated that Grenfell Tower will be released as a crime scene in July or August this year.

The magnitude of the police investigation is unprecedented.


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Jeremy Johnson QC, representing the Met, says the force is committed to supporting the inquiry while continuing its own “thorough investigation” into all possible charges.

We will continue to provide material to the hearing …we do not consider that it would be appropriate for us to ask questions during the inquiry …for the purpose of the criminal investigation.

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