Jonathan Roper, former assistant product manager at insulation makers Celotex, giving evidence to the Grenfell Tower inquiry in London. When asked whether he felt that he had done the right thing by raising concerns internally he said, "that's for sure. Philip Heath giving evidence to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry A director at Kingspan said that consultants who raised concerns about the combustibility of its product could ‘go f*ck themselves’, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry has heard The inquiry heard that Claire Williams, former Grenfell Tower project manager for Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, had destroyed evidence relating to the Grenfell fire, “binning notebooks” when she left her job. Grenfell Tower Inquiry . Post-Grenfell cladding inspections find other fire risks, Christmas celebrations to go ahead in Bethlehem. Quiz of the Year, part three: Was there any good news? 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The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire broke for Christmas a week early on Wednesday afternoon, when a staff member tested positive for Covid-19. Claude Wehrle, who worked for Arconic, say he fears he might breach a law in France which prevents evidence being given to proceedings abroad. The Grenfell Tower Inquiry is a British public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 72 people and destroyed Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. "Everything has to go through them. The inquiry said it is “seeking further clarification” from a final witness, Peter Froehlich, who is based in Germany and has not yet confirmed his position. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Grenfell Tower inquiry: Whistleblower refusing to give evidence December 20, 2020 December 20, 2020 5 min read InsightNewsReport A self-described whistleblower at the company which made the cladding used on Grenfell Tower has refused new requests to give evidence to the public inquiry. Tap above to watch evidence given to the Grenfell Inquiry. Grenfell Inquiry. Dr Lane produced an initial report in November 2019, and a revised version of that report in May 2020. The Inquiry has published its report on Phase 1 of its investigations. © 2020 BBC. Module 8 EVIDENCE RELATING TO THE DECEASED . Four employees of the company that manufactured and sold the combustible cladding used on the Grenfell Tower are refusing to give oral evidence to the inquiry into the 2017 fire, writes Will Ing. These include accounts, descriptions and images of the tower during and after the fire. That is despite a statement this week by the French government. However, in a statement, DLA Piper said it was no longer advising "certain other individuals associated with [Arconic's architectural subsidiary] AAP SAS in France". Hearings will resume 10am 11 January. The advice related to persuading ministers and MPs that the cladding manufactured by Kingspan was safe. For more information on how to keep in touch with us, please click here. Three construction bosses provoked outrage last night after refusing to give evidence at the Grenfell Tower inquiry. The BBC has also previously revealed that he emailed customers in 2015 to warn them that according to the new tests the cladding used at Grenfell Tower had a fire rating of class E, on a scale from A1 to F. 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Grenfell Tower inquiry: Whistleblower refusing to give evidence December 20, 2020 December 20, 2020 5 min read InsightNewsReport A self-described whistleblower at the company which made the cladding used on Grenfell Tower has refused new requests to give evidence to the public inquiry. Though Mr Wehrle no longer works at the US company, when contacted by phone in November in France, he claimed that law firm DLA Piper was influencing his decisions. There is no legal mechanism to force overseas witnesses to attend a public inquiry, meaning the inquiry is likely to present the evidence it would have questioned them on in their absence. Seventy-two people were killed in the fire in North Kensington in June 2017. The chairman of the Grenfell Tower inquiry has backed a request from firms that refurbished the building that evidence they give should not … Monday 14 September 2020, 3:55pm. The Grenfell Inquiry heard evidence from the company who installed the flammable cladding. Kingspan's pivot comes after three punishing weeks of the Grenfell Tower inquiry, which broke for Christmas last week after evidence and testimony concerning the … Kingspan begins disciplinary procedures over Grenfell Tower inquiry Kingspan staff give evidence to inquiry into cause of fire that killed 72 people in 2017 Wed, Dec 2, 2020, 05:15 An inquiry letter seen by the BBC reveals he is one of at least two employees who are holding out. Kingspan technical manager Philip Heath continued giving evidence to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry on Monday. ... not have been able to spot a cladding fire at the time of Grenfell, he said in evidence. Another firm in France, Navacelle Law, said it was now representing him independently. The chairman of the Grenfell Tower inquiry has backed a request from firms that refurbished the building that evidence they give should not be used against them in criminal prosecutions. The inquiry is now in its second phase and is examining the causes of the fire, including how the Grenfell Tower came to be in a condition which allowed the blaze to spread in the way it did. Arconic has been paying for Mr Wehrle to have legal representation since July but stressed that it did not have any influence over his decisions. "We need these people to come to the country and tell the truth. Dr Lane produced an initial report in November 2019, and a revised version of that report in May 2020. London Fire Brigade staff have been giving evidence for 42 days of the Grenfell Tower public inquiry. There is no legal mechanism to force overseas witnesses to attend a public inquiry, meaning the inquiry is likely to present the evidence it would have questioned them on in their absence. A picture of an enormous corporate scandal has emerged at the Grenfell Tower inquiry to little fanfare over the last three weeks. The Chairman has made a statement on the limited attendance hearings. A picture of an enormous corporate scandal has emerged at the Grenfell Tower inquiry to little fanfare over the last three weeks. Evidence is published on the Inquiry's website when it has been adduced at a hearing. A strict limit on numbers is essential for these arrangements to be effective. Phase 2 hearings Hearings have been suspended due to an individual who has attended the venue receiving a positive test for Covid-19. .css-po6dm6-ItalicText{font-style:italic;}Additional reporting by: Haley Ott of CBS News, .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Post-Grenfell cladding inspections find other fire risks, No guarantees for leaseholders over cladding removal costs, Grenfell Tower inquiry: Cladding firm employees refuse to give evidence, Nations impose UK travel bans over new variant. Following a full risk assessment, it has put in place arrangements to ensure social distancing is maintained in all parts of its venue. What happens to your body in extreme heat? Giving evidence to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry on Tuesday, Dixon – who worked for Rydon for nine years in various managerial roles before becoming a director of SD Plastering in 2005 – said he believed the choice of materials for the surrounds had been driven by value engineering consideration. Videos and transcripts are added at the end of each day and the archive can be searched using the filters below. During this period Arconic tested its Reynobond PE aluminium cladding product and found it to have worse performance than expected when exposed to fire. ... on Monday calling for an arcane French law to be waived so employees who worked at Arconic can no longer refuse to give evidence at the inquiry. In line with current public health guidance on Covid-19, the Inquiry has postponed its monthly drop-in sessions until further notice. He said his role as “design manager” had essentially been making sure hired-in “project designer” Kevin Lamb was keeping on track. Update from the Chairman - Monday 2 November. The company says it was not responsible for designing cladding systems which used its product or for ensuring they met the requirements of the building regulations. Inquiry finds "compelling evidence" Grenfell Tower did not comply with building regulations. Sam Stein, one of Britain’s most senior and serious barristers, didn’t mince his words. The Grenfell Inquiry chairman has asked the Attorney General for guarantees that oral evidence given by corporate witnesses will not be used to pursue criminal charges against them. Picture: Grenfell Tower Inquiry/PA Wire - Credit: PA .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}A self-described whistleblower at the company which made the cladding used on Grenfell Tower has refused new requests to give evidence to the public inquiry. The public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the Grenfell Tower fire which killed 72 people in June 2017 is entering its final stage, with full findings due to be published in late 2021. It's in the interest of public safety," he said. Its chairman, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, said a number of … Four employees of a company which made the cladding used at Grenfell Tower are refusing to give evidence to the public inquiry. Rydon’s original project manager for Grenfell Tower gave evidence on Thursday. ", "In French we say "donner d'alert". Grenfell Inquiry. However, Arconic did not inform the body which issues product specification certificates in the UK. Mr Wherle said he had given the inquiry "as much as possible, I gave many, many, many exchanges of emails". As the evidence emerges about how dangerous materials were put on Grenfell, the story is starting to feel the same: commercial interests put … LBC's Correspondent Rachael Venables reviewed this week's evidence. Jonathan Roper, former assistant product manager at insulation makers Celotex, giving evidence to the Grenfell Tower inquiry in London. The Inquiry has published an update on its work. But the four have refused to give oral evidence to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, claiming that they could open themselves up for prosecution under the ‘French blocking statute’, a French law restricting people from sharing commercial or technical information to establish evidence in foreign courts. Monday 14 September 2020, 3:55pm. It is linked to a lot of events that happened one after the other.". Jonathan Roper, former assistant product manager at insulation makers Celotex, giving evidence to the Grenfell Tower inquiry in London. Grenfell Tower fire image copyright Anselm Ebulue/Getty Images The main contractor on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment overlooked a key fire safety document, the inquiry … They say a 1968 French law … I don't know if you know what I mean by this: whistleblower.". Exova will have the opportunity to respond to Dr Lane’s report in submissions to the Inquiry in May 2021, once all evidence in the Inquiry’s first three modules has been submitted. Claude Wehrle, who worked for Arconic, say he fears he might breach a law in France which prevents evidence being given to proceedings abroad. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Grenfell Tower Inquiry is a British public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 72 people and destroyed Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. Jonathan Roper, former assistant product manager at insulation makers Celotex, giving evidence to the Grenfell Tower inquiry in London. LBC's Correspondent Rachael Venables reviewed this week's evidence. VideoChristmas celebrations to go ahead in Bethlehem, How banning Christmas resulted in the execution of a king. The Grenfell Inquiry heard evidence from the company who installed the flammable cladding. Recent evidence to the Grenfell inquiry indicates that two PR agencies, Portland Communications and Grayling, were providing advice to a firm that manufactured some of the cladding on Grenfell Tower in the months after the fire there. Look at the evidence of the fire test 'fraud' Owen Jones. An inquiry into London's Grenfell Tower fire will begin hearing evidence into its cause on Monday, following a week of poignant testimony from relatives of the 2017 disaster's 72 victims. The chair of the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire has asked the attorney general for a pledge to prevent oral evidence given by corporate witnesses from being used to prosecute them in the future. St Pancras crowds 'totally irresponsible', Why 'disappearing' vaccine needles aren't a scam. A self-described whistleblower at the company which made the cladding used on Grenfell Tower has refused new requests to give evidence to the public inquiry. The first part of the Grenfell Inquiry examined events that took place on the night. A self-described whistleblower at the company which made the cladding used on Grenfell Tower has refused new requests to give evidence to the public inquiry. Picture: Grenfell Tower Inquiry/PA Wire - Credit: PA The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire has been suspended for over a month after a ... said a number of staff needed to self-isolate and there would not be enough to continue hearing evidence. Grenfell inquiry hears Kingspan rigged tests and hired ... the UK public inquiry has heard. Dr Lane is a fire engineer appointed by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry to give expert evidence. Recent evidence to the Grenfell inquiry indicates that two PR agencies, Portland Communications and Grayling, were providing advice to a firm that manufactured some of the cladding on Grenfell Tower in the months after the fire there. Mr Wehrle has failed to respond to recent approaches from the BBC. "It is awful what happened, for sure, but... the fire didn't only have one cause. Read about our approach to external linking. DLA Piper is an international law firm which is representing Arconic and its current employees during investigations by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the Metropolitan Police Service. Giving evidence to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry on Tuesday, Dixon – who worked for Rydon for nine years in various managerial roles before becoming a director of SD Plastering in 2005 – said he believed the choice of materials for the surrounds had been driven by value engineering consideration. © 2020 Grenfell Tower Inquiry. A. project manager on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment destroyed evidence about the revamp despite knowing a police investigation and public inquiry were … Hearings will resume 10am 11 January. He said his role as “design manager” had essentially been making sure hired-in “project designer” Kevin Lamb was keeping on track. Claude Wehrle, who worked for Arconic, says he fears he might breach a law in France which prevents evidence being given to proceedings abroad. … All week we've continued hearing from staff at Rydon, They were the main contractor responsible for the £8.7million refurbishment at Grenfell Tower betwen 2014 and 2016. A project manager on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment admitted to disposing of evidence relating to the renovation despite knowing a police investigation and public inquiry were underway. ", "I am a good soldier and I follow what is asked of me, and on this point, it is very touchy and important for me to follow the rules.". Karim Mussilhy, who lost his uncle Hesham Rahman in the fire, delivered a letter of protest to the French Embassy this week. The inquiry said it is “seeking further clarification” from a final witness, Peter Froehlich, who is based in Germany and has not yet confirmed his position. The Grenfell Inquiry recommences today with witnesses from the corporations and organisations whose actions caused the deaths of 72 people granted immunity from … His knowledge of concerns within the company goes back at least as far as 2010. A project manager on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment admitted to disposing of evidence relating to the renovation despite knowing a police investigation and public inquiry were underway. New coronavirus variant: What do we know? The Grenfell Tower Inquiry was created to examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower on the night of 14 June 2017. A joint investigation by the BBC and CBS News has uncovered emails suggesting the firm was handling legal approaches to Mr Wehrle earlier this year. "Thousands of people are living in homes with the material that caused the spread of the fire and caused the deaths of their families and they must come here in the interest of public safety. Throughout his evidence to the inquiry, Anketell-Jones said that he had little involvement in Harley’s work on Grenfell Tower because he had been working on other projects. It said there was no reason for any French citizen to fear criminalisation at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. The inquiry legal team – probing the flawed refurbishment of the west London tower block, which led to the loss of 72 lives – said solicitors for KCTMO made the revelation that former director of assets and regeneration Peter Maddison had a stack of undisclosed evidence at 4.40pm on Friday. "They must come and tell the truth so we make sure that this never happens again.". When the BBC spoke to Mr Wehrle in November he said "my target is not, and will never be, to go against Arconic". A letter to "core participants" of the inquiry, seen by the BBC, reveals Mr Wehrle is one of at least two former employees of the cladding manufacturer Arconic who remain intent on not giving oral evidence. Share: India Block | 1 November 2019 Leave a comment. The Grenfell Inquiry chairman has asked the Attorney General for guarantees that oral evidence given by corporate witnesses will not be used to pursue criminal charges against them. The advice related to persuading ministers and MPs that the cladding manufactured by Kingspan was safe. Throughout his evidence to the inquiry, Anketell-Jones said that he had little involvement in Harley’s work on Grenfell Tower because he had been working on other projects. Shares in Kingspan fell sharply today marking one of the steepest daily falls for the building products giant since it started giving evidence in early November to London's Grenfell Inquiry … Picture: Grenfell Tower Inquiry/PA Wire - Credit: PA .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. The Grenfell Tower Inquiry phase two has been running for nine weeks, but has only heard evidence for four of them. Last month, Mr Wehrle told the BBC, working jointly with CBS, that he could not speak without permission from Arconic's lawyers. Dr Lane is a fire engineer appointed by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry to give expert evidence. Some hearings include content which viewers may find upsetting or distressing. Mr Wehrle was a technical manager at Arconic and his testimony is central to the inquiry's investigations into why flammable cladding was installed on the tower. Arconic says that is not true. Evidence The database includes documents, audio and videos which some people may find distressing. Picture: Grenfell Tower Inquiry/PA Wire - Credit: PA Hearings have been suspended due to an individual who has attended the venue receiving a positive test for Covid-19. In an email that year to colleagues, Mr Wehrle said that his company's concerns about the performance of the cladding were something "we have to keep as VERY CONFIDENTIAL". A self-described whistleblower at the company which made the cladding used on Grenfell Tower has refused new requests to give evidence to the public inquiry. Tap above to watch evidence given to the Grenfell Inquiry. The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire has been suspended for over a month after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19. For the past three years the inquiry has exposed a long list of wrongdoings by Celotex, the Mayfair-based insulation supplier whose cladding was responsible for the rapid spread of the fire. All rights reserved. Four employees of the company that manufactured and sold the combustible cladding used on the Grenfell Tower are refusing to give oral evidence to the inquiry … But the four have refused to give oral evidence to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, claiming that they could open themselves up for prosecution under the ‘French blocking statute’, a French law restricting people from sharing commercial or technical information to establish evidence … Grenfell Tower inquiry. The public probe is set to examine five newly published expert reports detailing how the inferno started, why it spread so quickly and the effectiveness of the fire protection measures in the 24-storey building. The Inquiry takes health and safety guidance extremely seriously. 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