Fears of a Grenfell Tower cover-up as Labour MP who lost artist friend urges police to carry out raids to stop firms and councils from destroying evidence
- Police urged to seize any potentially-incriminating evidence before it is deleted
- Council chiefs and building firms could face manslaughter charges over disaster
- Former top prosecutor says authorities will look at manslaughter charges
- Labour's David Lammy warns 'everyone culpable' for disaster could avoid justice
- At least 58 people died, are missing, presumed dead, after blaze in west London
Fears of a Grenfell Tower cover-up has led to calls for raids to take place on businesses and authorities at the centre of the investigation into the deadly inferno.
The Prime Minister and the Metropolitan Police have been urged to seize any potentially-incriminating evidence before it can be destroyed.
Council chiefs and building firms could face manslaughter charges over the disaster, in which at least 58 have been killed, a former Director of Public Prosecutions has said.
And Labour MP David Lammy demanded urgent action, claiming contractors were expunging details of their work on the tower from their websites.
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Labour MP David Lammy demanded urgent action, claiming contractors were expunging details of their work on the tower from their websites
Many residents who gathered outside the smoldering ruins of the building said the fire had been caused by a faulty fridge in one of the flats
By mid morning, the plastic cladding could be seen charred and melted on the tower in west London
Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders confirmed there was a criminal investigation into the fire that killed at least 58 in the early hours of Wednesday.
Former DPP and Labour MP Sir Keir Starmer told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show: 'I spoke to the DPP yesterday and there are prosecutors already in, advising the police.
'There are wider regulatory offences, but I think manslaughter is the most serious and that's the one that needs to be looked at first.'
Meanwhile, Mr Lammy warned that 'everyone culpable' for the disaster would avoid justice should they be given the opportunity to 'quietly destroy' document.
He said: 'Within the community, trust in the authorities is falling through the floor and a suspicion of a cover-up is rising.
'The Prime Minister needs to act immediately to ensure that all evidence is protected so that everyone culpable for what happened at Grenfell Tower is held to account and feels the full force of the law.
'We need urgent action now to make sure that all records and documents relating to the refurbishment and management of Grenfell Tower are protected.'
This aerial photo taken hours after the fire ripped through the tower block shows the devastating scale of the inferno
Mr Hammond was challenged by the BBC's Andrew Marr today on why the material - which is banned in America and Germany - was used on British homes
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Mr Lammy added that justice can only done if all records, including emails, minutes of meetings, correspondence, safety assessments and reports - are preserved.
He said: 'When the truth comes out about this tragedy we may find that there is blood on the hands of a number of organisations.
'At this stage, it is my grave concern that the families of Grenfell Tower will not get justice if documents are being quietly destroyed and shredded and emails are being deleted.'
Mr Lammy, whose friend Khadija Saye died in the fire, said police had the power to seize all documents.
However he added that Section 35 of the Public Inquiry Act, which makes the destruction of any documents a criminal offence, does not apply until a chairman is appointed to an inquiry and the terms of reference set.
Grenfell Tower, which was built in 1974, before the refurbishment (left) in 2011 and with the new cladding (right before the blaze)
Harley Facades, which was paid £2.6million to supply and fit the cladding, said it had removed the Grenfell Tower page from its website 'as a mark of respect'.
The plastic panels - that even the manufacturer warned were a deadly fire risk - are banned on high-rise buildings in Britain, ministers said yesterday.
Chancellor Philip Hammond said the probe would look at whether regulations had been breached at the tower in North Kensington.
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