Police investigating Grenfell Tower fire tragedy make first arrest

Police investigating the Grenfell Tower disaster have made their first arrest.

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed it has arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

The force said the man was arrested in the Sussex area on Saturday.

He was taken to a local police station and has since been released under investigation.

The arrest was not made in relation to events heard at the Grenfell Tower inquiry this week, police said.

In the early hours of the morning of June 14, 2017, a major fire broke out at Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, North Kensington.

A total of 72 people lost their lives as a result of a fire at the west London block of flats.

A public inquiry, chaired by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, examining the circumstances and causes of the disaster, is ongoing.

Scotland Yard said in a statement on Saturday the arrest in Sussex did not relate to events heard at the Grenfell Tower inquiry this week. They did not name the arrested man.

The inquiry is not scheduled to finish hearing evidence until December 2021 at the earliest, after which the inquiry panel is likely to need several months to produce a report.

A Met Police statement said: "On Saturday, October 24, a 38-year-old man was arrested in the Sussex area on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in relation to the Met’s Grenfell Tower investigation.

"He was taken to a local police station and has since been released under investigation."

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