A senior firefighter has reportedly been arrested by officers investigating claims cash was taken from flats at Grenfell Tower days after the fire was put out according to a statement by the Metropolitan Police.
A police spokesman confirmed: ‘A 50-year-old man was arrested on October 12 on suspicion of theft by officers working on the Grenfell Tower fire investigation. MI5 chiefs ‘missed key warnings’ about Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi ‘He has been released under investigation.’
A source told The Sun on Sunday, the man was a firefighter from a brigade called in from outside London to help fight the blaze. The source said: ‘The suspicion has always been the thief worked in some capacity for the emergency services. ‘A senior fireman was arrested a few weeks ago. It caused shock.’
The man was reportedly questioned by the Met on suspicion of theft and had his hotel room searched in the wake of the fire.
He strongly denies any involvement and initial police investigations put him in the clear. ‘Inquiries so far indicate that the man arrested did not have access to the site during the time the thefts took place,’ a Met spokesman told The Sun. Cash was looted from victims’ homes during the inferno in London’s North Kensington, which killed 80.
Enraged families speaking after the news emerged described it as ‘stealing from the graveyard’. Emma Dent Coad, Labour MP for Kensington, branded the looting ‘appalling’ Police believe money was taken from an abandoned flat some time after June 20, six days after the blaze.
People who were directly affected by the disaster were informed first, with the news immediately raising concerns over security measures elsewhere in the block of flats. ‘Sue, I’m sorry!’ The giant message in the field was an apology At the time, Labour MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, said: ‘You would imagine that a crime scene would be closely guarded day and night, yet somehow an outsider has been able to get in and commit this appalling and disrespectful crime against survivors of the Grenfell fire.’ Months later more money was found to be missing when survivors were allowed back in to the building to collect belongings. There has been no indication of how much money went missing in total.