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London tower block fire protesters storm town hall

19 June 2017, 12:12 | Colleen Roy

Hundreds also stormed the Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall on Friday evening, chanting "Theresa May must go", and in front of the Home Office, where signs contained messages like "Justice for Grenfell" and "Homes for people not profit".

Police have said 30 people are confirmed dead after the blaze, while media reports have said more than 70 are still unaccounted for.

The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations, two British ministers say as police continue their investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people.

Two Father's Day cards sit amongst flowers left for the victims of the Grenfell tower fire in London.

Queen Elizabeth and her grandson Prince William yesterday visited a community centre where some of the survivors are being housed.

The blaze has also unleashed fury at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society.

Her government is trying to make up ground in reacting to a fire that trapped people in their beds in the early hours of Wednesday, with many unable to escape as the flames raced up the building, cutting off exit routes and forcing some to jump.

Areas near the blaze are covered in posters showing missing persons.




Told there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and the Government accepted responsibility, Mrs May said: "Something awful has happened".

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved so quickly to engulf the building.

She returned Friday to meet survivors, residents and volunteers at a local church - but faced cries of "coward" and "shame on you".

He told the Press Association: "I'm positive because I think it was a real chance for local residents, people affected by this tragedy, to voice their concerns directly to the Prime Minister so that she could hear them". He said that 24 people were being treated in hospitals, including 12 in critical care. According to The Times newspaper, contractors opted not to use fire-resistant cladding when insulating the tower.

"When the truth comes out about this tragedy, we may find that there is blood on the hands of a number of organisations", Lammy said.

The investigation team will be drawn together from detectives from across the Metropolitan Police, led by Detective Chief Inspector Matt Bonner of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, and will establish if a crime was committed before confirming what caused the tragedy. Police have said it could take months to search the building and some victims might never be identified.

The company that installed the exterior cladding, Harley Facades, issued a statement this week saying the panels are "commonly used" in refurbishing buildings. They include a written commitment from the council that all those affected by the fire will be rehoused and relocated within the borough.

"My neighbor said he would hold him and bring him down", she told London's Evening Standard.



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