Friday, July 19

Grenfell Tower man charged with fraud relating to tragedy



A man has been charged with fraud relating to the Grenfell Tower fire, the Metropolitan Police have said.

Mohammad Ali Gamoota, aged 31 and from Westminster, was charged with two counts of fraud by false representation on Tuesday. He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 18 April.

No details about the alleged offences have been released by the police. Some 72 people died in the west London tower block fire on 14 June last year.

On Monday a report emerged that found serious deficiencies in the refurbishment of the tower before the blaze.

The report, by fire investigation experts BRE Global and leaked to the Evening Standard, found the fire would have remained confined to one flat and would not have claimed a single life if the original facade of the building had not been re-clad between 2014 and 2016.