Grenfell tower in the background with a Yellow Ribbon commemorating those lost pinned to a tree

A fraudulent pharmacy technician who said he lived with a victim of the Grenfell Tower inferno so he could claim emergency aid has been struck off the GPhC register.

Daniel Steventon, 37, was jailed by Isleworth Crown Court for three-and-a-half-years after pleading guilty to one count of fraud by false representation. He had falsely claimed that he was a resident in the west London block at the time of the fire on June 14, 2017.

Steventon was put up in the Mercure Kensington Hotel with all costs paid for by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC). He received £54,099 in hotel costs, £14,310 food allowance and £6,876 in bank payments between August 2017 and May 2018.

A hearing of the GPhC Fitness to Practice Committee determined that Steventon “breached one of the fundamental tenets of the profession, namely to act honestly”.

It concluded: “This was a serious and reprehensible offence and we have no hesitation in concluding that this was conduct which fell well below the standards expected of a pharmacy professional.”

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