Anger as social distancing keeps Grenfell victims from Inquiry

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Victims of the Grenfell Tower fire have expressed anger at not being able to attend the inquiry into the disaster due to social-distancing measures.

The hearings into the blaze which killed 72 people in 2017 will resume on Monday, with limited attendance after being halted in mid-March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

There will be no space for bereaved, victims or relatives, as those involved in the refurbishment of the west London block continue to give evidence.

Only members of the panel, counsel to the inquiry, the witness giving evidence and their legal representative, as well as support staff and an invited journalist are allowed to attend

Nabil Choucair

Nabil Choucair, who lost six relatives in the tragedy, said: “We should be allowed to see their faces.

“We are the families that have had our families taken from us.”

In a statement released on Sunday evening, victim and survivor support group Justice4Grenfell said: “The Grenfell disaster is about the 72 men, women and children who died and hundreds more who lost their homes and a traumatised community.

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