'There is 'no guarantee' criminal charges will be brought over the Grenfell Tower fire, the Metropolitan Police said today.
One of the biggest investigations in the history of the Metropolitan Police is being carried out into the 2017 disaster, which killed 72 people including 18 children.
Commander Stuart Cundy said the force will ensure the probe is 'fearless'.
He said: 'Even now coming up to the two-year anniversary there is no guarantee that we can give that there will be criminal charges.
'There is a guarantee that they (the bereaved and survivors) have our absolute personal commitment to do what we can to make sure this investigation is fearless, secures all the evidence that it can and puts that evidence before the Crown Prosecution Service.'
He also assured the families of those killed that if someone leaves a company, it does not mean that they can flee any liability.
If an organisation, if a company were to fold, disappear, there are things that we can do legally around that and the fact that someone leaves an organisation does not mean that their liability finishes because they leave,' he said.
The force has been told to wait until the public inquiry into the blaze has published its final report before passing evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider any criminal charges.
This could mean that a decision will not be made until 2022, five years on from the disaster.
Mr Cundy said the delay was 'really, really tough for the families and the survivors'.
The investigation, called Operation Northleigh, is looking at the construction, refurbishment and management of the tower, as well as the emergency response on the night of the fire.'
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