A 38-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in relation to the Metropolitan Police’s Grenfell Tower investigation.

The force said the man was arrested in the Sussex area on Saturday.

He was taken to a local police station and has since been released under investigation. The arrest was not made in relation to events heard at the Grenfell Tower inquiry this week, police said.

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has been urged to be “on the right side of history” and not to “ignore” the impact of poverty and race on the disaster which killed 72 people.

Leslie Thomas QC, representing a group of survivors and bereaved families, opened the inquest proceedings by highlighting the coronavirus pandemic and the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd in the US as having “parallel themes” with Grenfell, adding: “Race and state obligation are at the heart of all three cases.”