Grenfell Tower death toll of 71 unlikely to rise as last inquests open

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All bereaved families have had loved ones released back to them and most funerals have taken place, says coroner

The last two of the 70 inquests for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire were opened and adjourned on Wednesday with the coroner paying tribute to bereaved families and the “unrelenting work of dedicated professionals” who recovered and identified remains.

Westminster coroner Fiona Wilcox, who has presided over 19 hearings in the past five months, said the final inquests marked an important milestone. At the end of proceedings she read the names and ages of 70 people who died in the fire, and asked those present to stand for two minutes’ silence.

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