Move prompted by level of London infections threatens to delay conclusions until well into 2022
The Grenfell Tower public inquiry has been suspended until at least next month, due to rising Covid-19 infections in London. The move threatens to delay its conclusions until well into 2022 and slows down the prospect of criminal prosecutions.
The inquiry team examining the 14 June 2017 disaster was hit by a spate of infections before Christmas, but its chairman, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, 74, had planned to resume oral evidence sessions on Monday 11 January. Witnesses for Arconic, the company that made the combustible cladding panels which were the main cause of fire spread were due to be cross-examined. A total of 72 people died as a result of the fire at the west London council tower block.