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Grenfell Tower fire: Judge ‘doubt’ over inquiry scope

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    Sir Martin Moore-BickImage copyright PA
    Image caption Sir Martin visited the scene of the fire

    The judge heading the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire says he is “doubtful” the process will be as wide-ranging as some residents hope.

    Sir Martin Moore-Bick said the probe could be limited to the cause, how it spread, and preventing a future blaze.

    He was speaking after travelling to the site of the fire in North Kensington and meeting some of the survivors.

    Some Grenfell residents have said they were unhappy at not being involved in Sir Martin’s appointment.

    The judge said: “I’m well aware the residents and the local people want a much broader investigation and I can fully understand why they would want that – whether my inquiry is the right way in which to achieve that I’m more doubtful.”

    Police said 80 people are now presumed dead after the fire but the final toll may not be known until at least the end of the year.

    Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs she expects Sir Martin will want to produce an interim report “as early as possible” to address the immediate lessons from the fire.

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    “I am determined that there will be justice for all the victims of this terrible tragedy and for their families who have suffered so terribly,” she added.

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