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Specialist Suffolk police officers help bereaved families of Grenfell Tower inferno victims

PUBLISHED: 16:38 19 June 2017

People look at flowers and tributes outside Notting Hill Methodist Church, close to Grenfell Tower in west London. Picture: YUI MOK/PA WIRE

People look at flowers and tributes outside Notting Hill Methodist Church, close to Grenfell Tower in west London. Picture: YUI MOK/PA WIRE

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Four Suffolk Constabulary officers have been sent to London to assist the Metropolitan Police help families who lost loved ones in the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The charred remains of Grenfell Tower. Picture: DAVID MIRZOEFF/PA WIREThe charred remains of Grenfell Tower. Picture: DAVID MIRZOEFF/PA WIRE

Yesterday afternoon three more victims killed in the tower block blaze were named, after Scotland Yard announced the death toll had risen to 79.

Ya-Haddy Sisi Saye, also known as Khadija Saye, 24, Abufars Ibrahim, 39, and Anthony Disson, 65, all lived in the 24-storey block, which was destroyed by last Wednesday’s inferno in west London.

Anne-Marie Breach, of Suffolk Constabulary, said the force has sent a family liaison co-ordinator and three specially-trained officers to the Capital to help bereaved families.

Five people have now been formally identified, including 23-year-old Mohammad Alhajali and a woman whose family do not want her name to be released.

The rest are missing presumed dead, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said yesterday.

Meanwhile, Former Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross has said he is “bloody furious” that ministers have ignored calls for sprinklers to be installed in all social housing.

Mr Ross has been campaigning on the issue for 15 years, while he now also chairs heritage body the Kensington Society.

He told BBC Radio 4’s World at One that a series of ministers - including now-London Mayor Sadiq Khan back in 2009 - had turned down his efforts to make changes.

“I don’t blame the ministers - they were acting on advice, and there’s also this natural complacency you get when things are getting better,” said Mr Ross.

“Fire deaths were going down, they were going down very consistently.

“Sprinklers were going to cost £1,200 per dwelling, the same as fitted carpets. That was an additional expenditure.

“I could understand it, but frankly I’m bloody furious looking back.”

Mr Ross added he had warned a Local Government Association conference four years ago that it takes a disaster such as the Bradford City stadium fire or the King’s Cross fire to prompt changes to fire safety.

“In my worst nightmare I didn’t think it would take a towering inferno with this number of deaths, but that is what it takes,” Mr Ross said.

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