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Grenfell Tower final death toll stands at 71

TRAGEDY: Grenfell Tower

THE GRENFELL Tower fire took the lives of 71 people in all, police have said, after recovering what they believe to be the last of the bodies.

Officers investigating the disaster said on Thursday (Nov 16) they had recovered and identified the final two bodies from the tower and did not expect to find any more. Those who died include a family of six and at least three families of five, and range in ages from a stillborn baby boy to an 84-year-old woman.

Commander Stuart Cundy, said: "I have been clear from the start that a priority for us was recovering all those who died, and identifying and returning them to their families. I cannot imagine the agony and uncertainty that some families and loved ones have been through whilst we have carried out our meticulous search, recovery and identification process.

"It is vital that our search and identification operation was undertaken in a manner that families and loved ones could have complete confidence in. We continue to provide every support we can to those bereaved, keeping them updated on our efforts.

"Specialist teams working inside Grenfell Tower and the mortuary have pushed the boundaries of what was scientifically possible to identify people. After the fire was finally put out I entered Grenfell Tower and was genuinely concerned that due to the intensity and duration of the fire, that we may not find, recover and then identify all those who died.

"I know that each and every member of the team has done absolutely all they can to make this possible. They have done that for every person who lost their life, their families and loved ones, and all those for whom Grenfell Tower was home.

"I have always been clear that I would give information when I know it to be accurate. The complexity of our efforts to recover and identify everyone who died, and also identify everyone who managed to escape that night cannot be underestimated."

The news came after it emerged that members of 320 households affected by the fire were still living in hotel accommodation, including more than 200 children from the tower and its neighbouring blocks.

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