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Government refuses full police funding request for Grenfell probe

A police request for the Government to help with the costs of the criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower disaster has not been met in full, figures show.

The Metropolitan Police had claimed for £11 million in 2017/18 and £13.5 million in 2018/19, but was awarded £10.1 million and £11.4 million respectively - a shortfall of £3 million.

The figures were revealed in a written answer from policing minister Nick Hurd to a parliamentary question from Labour MP Louise Haigh, and also showed special grant requests for the cost of security for the royal wedding and Donald Trump's visit were met in full.

The Government awarded the Met's £237,000 claim for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Windsor nuptials and £1.3 million for the US president's visit in July last year.

One MP said there was frustration over the lack of progress in the probe into the Grenfell fire, saying any delay in the investigation is "justice denied". No arrests have been made over the tragedy, which claimed the lives of 72 people at the west London block on June 14 2017.

Officers are considering potential offences including gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and breaches of the Health and Safety Act.

Justice delayed is justice denied. The Government must urgently explain their decision to withhold special grant funding for the Grenfell Tower investigation. The police have hundreds of thousands of documents to examine and lack of funds for processing them will slow down their investigation. Seventy-two people died at Grenfell Tower. Over a year and a half later we have still not seen any arrests.

– Emma Dent Coad, Labour MP for Kensington

Ms Dent Coad added that if the Government was able to fund the royal wedding and Trump visit, "they can find the money needed for justice for Grenfell".