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Grenfell inquiry could resume via video conferencing

THE Grenfell Tower inquiry could resume via video conferencing, organisers said today.

The second phase of hearings into the disaster was halted last month due to coronavirus restrictions.

Now the inquiry has written to key witnesses and victims of the 2017 blaze with three options for how evidence may continue to be heard.

As well as the possibility of carrying on remotely via video, the inquiry is also considering suspending hearings entirely until social-distancing rules are lifted, or resuming with limited attendance when rules are partially relaxed.

In a statement yesterday, lawyers said that they need to conduct a “balancing exercise” between “further[ing] the inquiry’s work by taking oral evidence” and protecting the health of witnesses and other participants.

According to official lockdown advice, inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick and lawyer for victims and the bereaved Michael Mansfield QC should both be staying at home as they are both over 70 years old.

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