A 52-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of fraud after falsely claiming that he lost his wife and child in the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.
He allegedly made the lies up to try and get money and housing from the local authority by pretending he had lost everything in the fire.
The man who has not been named was even assigned a specialist family liaison officer by police to help him, but they began looking into his claims after finding inconsistencies in his story.
Officers eventually traced his actual home address to a property located 20 miles away in south-east London, after residents from neighbouring apartments had said he did not live in the tower. Police also established that he didn’t actually have a wife or child.
Scotland Yard said that he tried to claim financial support by claiming that he had lost his property and family in the blaze which has killed at least 80 people.
Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack, said: “The distress and suffering caused to so many families and loved ones that night is harrowing.
“I have made it clear that we are not interested in investigating things such as sub-letting or immigration matters as I want their help and do not want there to be any hidden victims of this tragedy.
“However, we will robustly investigate any information about anyone who seeks to capitalise on the suffering of so many.”