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Haunting Grenfell Tower footage shows officers climbing blackened stairs

Police are carrying out a fingertip search of all floors on their hands and knees in a bid to identify more victims.

Haunting new footage has been released from inside the remains of Grenfell Tower, four weeks after the tragic fire.

The latest images released by the Metropolitan Police show specialist officers trying to catch their breath as they climb the blackened staircase.

Floor numbers have been painted in bright yellow on to the charred walls, to help officers identify what floor they are on.

Sergeant Alistair Hutchins, who was one of the first officers from the Disaster Victim Identification Unit (DVI) to enter the high-rise block, said: “We are looking at a fingertip search, of all flats on all floors.”

He explained that officers would be on their hands and knees using small trowels, shovels and 6mm size sieves to help find small fragments of bone and teeth, which can be used to identify victims.

Video image of a covered walkway into the entrance of Grenfell Tower (Metropolitan Police/PA)

The specialist officer also acknowledged the frustration that families of the victims are experiencing due to lack of information available, adding: “I deeply, deeply understand the frustration family members have and the answers they want.

“All I can say is please be patient, we are doing our utmost best for you. And we are working as hard as we can.”


From Belfast Telegraph