Man accused of falsely claiming he lost family members in Grenfell fire

Met Police say the man was arrested on suspicion of "fraudulently attempting to gain money and housing"

Man accused of falsely claiming he lost family members in Grenfell fire

Grenfell Tower in London | Image: Ik Aldama/DPA/PA Images

A man has been arrested in the UK after allegedly claiming he lost family members in the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Met Police say he was arrested on "suspicion of fraudulently attempting to gain money and housing".

The 52-year-old man is said to have come forward in the immediate aftermath of the deadly fire, claiming he lost his wife and son.

According to police, he attempted to claim financial support for losing 'all his property'.

An investigation then found inconsistencies in the man's story, and residents of the destroyed tower confirmed he did not live at the address he gave.

Met Police said in a statement: "Relatives of the resident of the flat the man claimed to live in have been spoken to by their family liaison officers and made aware of this investigation".

Officers say they have also established that the man does not have a wife or child.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack of the Met Police said: "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."

Yesterday, police said 80 people are dead or missing after the blaze, but warned they will not know a full death toll for "many months".