Man arrested for falsely claiming he lost family in Grenfell fire to get compensation | London


A man has been arrested on suspicion of fraudulently trying to get compensation by pretending he had lost family members in the Grenfell Tower fire.

Police say the man came forward in the immediate aftermath of the fire and was assigned family liaison officers after he claimed that he lost his wife and son.

An investigation began after inconsistencies emerged in the man’s stories. Police spoke to nearby residents of the flat within Grenfell Tower who confirmed he did not live at the address.

Officers also traced an address in Bromley where the man was living at the time of the fire and discovered he does not have a wife or child.

The distress and suffering caused to so many families and loved ones that night is harrowing.

That night people lost their homes, all their possessions and tragically their families and loved ones. The focus of all of us should be on supporting victims and families, recovering loved ones from Grenfell Tower and investigating the fire.

I have made it clear that we are not interested in investigating things such as sub-letting or immigration matters as I want their help – and do not want there to be any hidden victims of this tragedy.

However, we will robustly investigate any information about anyone who seeks to capitalise on the suffering of so many.

– Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack, Met Police



Source : http://www.itv.com/news/london/2017-06-29/man-arrested-for-falsely-claiming-he-lost-family-in-grenfell-fire/

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