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In the shadow of Grenfell [Image: David Levene for the Guardian].

This Writer honestly does not understand how the police can claim there were fewer deaths in Grenfell Tower, based on fraud investigations.

This was about finding and identifying bodies, I thought – and, where no body has been found or identifiable, using other methods to check whether residents were still alive.

I don’t see how allegedly-fraudulent claims for money can equate to false claims that a person is dead. If somebody claimed cash because they said another person had died (and I don’t know why they would), then it is still incumbent on the authorities to verify the claim.

Any ideas?

The number of people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire may be a little lower than the previous estimate of 80, police have said.

The police say the estimate “may come down a little bit” because of some potential cases of fraud.

It emerged that the force is investigating eight cases in which people may have fraudulently claimed money, as well as four allegations of theft from Grenfell Tower – one involved a “considerable” sum of money.

In the initial weeks following the fire on 14 June, police were unwilling to speculate on the final death toll.

That left some convinced that the eventual figure would be much higher than officially confirmed.

The Metropolitan Police, in a briefing, said 60 of the estimated 80 people killed have been formally identified.

Source: Grenfell death toll ‘may be below 80’ – BBC News


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