Journalist Jon Snow has called for those responsible for the Grenfell Tower fire to face prosecution.
Speaking during a memorial service at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday to mark the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, Mr Snow said “there is an investigation continuing that will end in prosecution, and we must see to it that it does”.
The former Channel 4 news anchor spoke to an audience of residents, survivors, the bereaved, and politicians.
Mr Snow said: “Grenfell, set in the richest borough in Britain, speaks to the grotesque inequality with which our society has been riven.
“We must now confront the issues raised by the Grenfell disaster.”
Becoming emotional, the veteran broadcaster said it was the worst domestic tragedy that he has had to report on.
“This is our time,” he said. “This is the worst domestic tragedy that I have had to report on in 50 years.
“This is our moment, this is the moment when those responsible must face justice.”
“Whilst you are welcome here today, if you fail to act, if you fail to assist the bereaved, survivors, residents and the wider community in the fight for justice, if you do nothing in the 365 days before the next anniversary, you will, I am sorry to say, not be welcome again.”
Along with tributes and speeches, the names of each of the 72 victims of the fire were read aloud during the ceremony.
As each group of names was read out, the congregation replied: “Forever in our hearts.”
They then observed a moment of silence, which was followed by the sound of an oud (a stringed instrument) played by Rihab Azar.
Earlier, the Dean of Westminster wished for a “better, safer, surer future”.
The Very Reverend David Hoyle told the service: “Here we renew our commitment to remember those we have lost.
“Grateful for the support of the communities and individuals that have sustained the bereaved and the survivors over the last five years, we meet in faith and hope looking to a better, safer, surer future.”
The ceremony finished with the laying of roses at the Innocent Victims Memorial outside the Abbey.
A white rose had been left on each seat before the service.
Afterwards members of the congregation stayed outside to greet and hug each other.