Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

UK: London tower may have used banned siding in renovation

UK: London tower may have used banned siding in renovation

Prime Minister Theresa May announced a public inquiry into the disaster as police investigate whether any criminal offenses were committed.

"There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no-one knows are missing", he said.

In this photo released by the Metropolitan Police on Sunday, June 18, 2017, a view of an apartment in the Grenfell Tower.

Angry protesters chanting "We want justice" stormed their way into the Kensington and Chelsea town hall on Friday.

Families of the victims and residents of Grenfell said they were furious that the local government had for years ignored their complaints about the building's lack of measures in case of fire and had not adequately attended to survivors of the blaze.

A total of 58 people who were in the Grenfell Tower on the night of the fire were missing and presumed to be dead, London police Commander said Saturday.

"I thought they took him outside with me".

At an afternoon news conference, he said that the flames had at last been extinguished, but that the charred, ruined Grenfell Tower remained in a hazardous state and that it would be a long, painstaking task to sweep the building for remains.

She faced cries of "Shame on you!" and "Coward!" on Friday as security staff bundled her into her vehicle following a meeting with locals at a church hall.

West London film producer Nisha Parti, who has been helping victims in Kensington, said the cash is being given to those checking into hotels in the wake of Wednesday's blaze.

The Prime Minister will chair another meeting of the Grenfell Tower Recovery Taskforce at 11am tomorrow.

Besides the public inquiry, May has announced a fund of 5 million pounds ($6.4 million) to help those affected by the blaze.

He continued: "I must consider the fact that there may be others in the building who, for whatever reason have not been reported to us".

"We urge anyone who lived in the block to make themselves known at that centre so that we know they are safe. I have heard horrifying stories from the fire brigade, from police and from victims themselves who were in that tower but also from other local residents, some of whom of course have not been able to go back to their homes either".

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, stood silently on the steps of Buckingham Palace before the start of the Trooping the Color that each year marks the queen's official birthday, which is traditionally celebrated in June when the weather is warm.

Mrs May said: "My government will continue to do absolutely everything possible to help all of those affected through the hard days, weeks, months and years ahead".

He said: "Little can compare in recent times to a tragedy on this scale - the response from the local authority has simply not been good enough".

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity", Elizabeth said.

After meeting survivors on Friday, she was heckled by angry locals and rushed to her auto surrounded by a ring of police officers.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.

Locals yelled questions at London mayor Sadiq Khan when he walked through the neighbourhood on Friday.

Contact the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233 to report someone missing or have any concerns for people you think may have been involved - do not use 999 or 101.

Michelle said the staff know every person living in the flats and anyone with a disability is never housed above the fourth floor. "As Prime Minister, I will be responsible for implementing its findings".

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