Police helicopters at Grenfell 'confused residents into believing they would be rescued'

Police helicopters circling Grenfell Tower during the fire confused some residents into believing they would be rescued.

Independent investigators are to probe an official complaint about the use of police helicopters during the blaze - writes itv.com.

The IPCC said a complaint was made by a person who lost several family members in the disaster.

They believe residents stayed inside the building with the mistaken hope of a helicopter rescue.

They also claim the downdraft from the helicopters fanned the flames, worsening the fire.

In the months since the horrifying fire at GrenfellTower, there has rightly been a determination that all aspects of the tragedy should be properly scrutinised in the interests of survivors, the families of those who died and the wider public.

While there is at present no indication that any police officer may have committed misconduct or a criminal offence, I have decided it is appropriate for this complaint to be investigated.

The investigation will be undertaken by Metropolitan Police officers, working under the direction and control of the IPCC.

This approach avoids duplication of work during the wider police investigation into the fire, while ensuring there is independent oversight of this complaint.

– SARAH GREEN, IPCC DEPUTY CHAIR

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