A senior firefighter has been arrested as police investigate reports of thieving from the Grenfell Tower site.
Met Police is investigating claims that significant amounts of cash was stolen from homes in the aftermath of the tower block fire in North Kensington, London.
Fire investigation teams and police forensics have been visiting the gutted building for months following the blaze which killed at least 80.
It is understood that the senior fireman arrested by police is a 50-year-old from a brigade based outside of the capital.
Metropolitan Police is investigating claims that cash was stolen from homes in the aftermath of the fire (pictured, the charred remains of the tower block) in North Kensington, London
Fire teams and forensics have been visiting the building for months after the blaze which killed at least 80 (there is no suggestion that any of those pictured and involved in the investigation)
The Sun on Sunday reports that his hotel room was searched by officers and that he was questioned on suspicion of theft.
He was released pending further investigation last night and vehemently denies the accusation.
A source told the newspaper: ‘The suspicion has always been the thief worked in some capacity for the emergency services.
‘A senior fireman was arrested a few weeks ago. It caused shock.’
Met Police said that initial investigations show the senior fireman did not have access to the site during the time that the thefts are thought to have taken place.
Yesterday, a factory owned by the maker of Grenfell Tower’s cladding panels caught fire in the middle of the night in an ‘accidental blaze’.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was called to the production plant of Arconic in Exeter just before 1.30am on Saturday.
The US firm produces the Reynobond PE panels, used as one component of the west London block’s cladding system during a refurbishment.
Met Police is investigating claims that significant amounts of cash was stolen from homes in the aftermath of the tower block fire in North Kensington, London
It is suspected that the material, which is coated in aluminium but has a plastic, flammable core, helped fuel the blaze in June.
It comes after a serial conman admitted to pretending his family died in the Grenfell Tower fire to obtain around £12,500 meant for the victims.
Anh Nhu Nguyen claimed his wife and son were killed in the June 14 disaster and was photographed beside the Prince of Wales when he met survivors.
As part of his deceit, Nguyen spun a cruel tale to family liasion officers, describing in detail how he lost sight of his family in the smoke-clogged stairwell, police said.
But while a major recovery operation was under way on June 15, the fraudster was actually nine miles away at a housing charity, according to prosecutors.
He posed as a victim of the blaze for almost two weeks and was given around £12,500 from charities and Kensington and Chelsea Council.
It comes after a serial conman admitted to pretending his family died in the Grenfell Tower fire to obtain around £12,500 meant for the victims