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The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people in 2017 has heard the government carried out a “deliberate cover-up” over the dangers from combustible materials.
The final stage of the public inquiry is now looking at the role of government figures and what happened around building regulations. Combustible materials used for housing were not scrutinised as a result of decades of deregulation.
Stephanie Barwise QC said Grenfell was the result of the government’s “unbridled passion for deregulation” and a “prolonged period of concealment”. Michael Mansfield QC, representing some of the bereaved and survivors, said the government [simply] saw health and safety laws “as an obstruction to businesses”.
A third probe into the death of former Bolton man Anthony Grainger has cleared police over the use of a CS gas canister. Several matters were referred by GMP to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) after the public inquiry into Grainger’s 2012 shooting.
Two officers were quizzed over the use of an unauthorised CS gas canisters during a police operation in Culcheth that night. The canisters were used to deliver CS gas into vehicles, Before then live rounds had been deployed.
An IOPC inquiry has now ruled the pair “had not acted in bad faith” over the canisters. [Although] it was not authorised but paperwork had been filed over their usage.