Banned Building Materials Suspected in London Fire: UK


"That is also an absolute priority for the investigation - to establish who they may be", he added.

Elizabeth last month visited those injured in an attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and on Friday met people affected by the tower block fire, in which at least 30 were killed.

When asked about the search, he replied that the officers had gone "all the way to the top" of the tower, and explained that the first phase was a visual search.

"I have always said I will be accurate about what I know, so the next figure of those presumed dead and missing will be released tomorrow, Monday 19 June". Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centres.

"I spoke to the DPP yesterday and there are prosecutors already in advising the police", said Starmer.

In an interview with the BBC, May promised a public inquiry into the disaster and pledged that survivors would be rehoused within weeks.

He added: "People in this community are sick to death of platitudes from politicians".

He says it may be necessary for numerous outmoded tower blocks built in the 1970s to be demolished because of safety concerns.

Hammond said the public inquiry set up by the Government following the tragedy would also examine if rules had been broken.

"Nowadays, we would not dream of building towers to the standards of the 1970s, but their inhabitants still have to live with that legacy".

British Prime Minister Theresa May admitted on Saturday that "the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough".

Matthew Parris, a columnist and former Conservative lawmaker, said May's response to the fire had shown a lack of judgment which made her unsuitable to be prime minister.

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The exterior cladding reportedly used on Grenfell Tower is banned in the United Kingdom on buildings of that height, a senior minister says.

At 58 casualties, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in the capital since the Second World War.

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly along the outside of the tower in the June 14 blaze.

Their investigation into the fire would "establish the facts and provide answers" as to the cause of the fire, Cundy said. The 24-story tower that once housed up to 600 people in 120 apartments is now a charred ruin. Hands cautioned that officials don't yet have exact details about the renovation that ended just past year.

"That 58 would include that 30", he told reporters here.

He said all records - including emails, minutes of meetings, correspondence with contractors, safety assessments, specifications and reports - must be kept intact.

"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.

Police Commander Stuart Cundy says police will seek criminal prosecutions if the evidence warrants.

"Afterwards, she will meet a group of residents, victims, volunteers and community leaders in No 10".

Friends and relatives of Zainab Dean, one of the people still missing after a fire engulfed Grenfell Tower, a 24 storey building gather, near the building, in west London.

The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to fire survivors, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families.

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