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Theresa May pledges £5M for Grenfell Tower victims

Parmenio Sano | 19 Giugno, 2017, 05:36

Angry protesters have descended on Kensington Town Hall in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze in which at least 30 people lost their lives.

Earlier, hundreds had gathered outside Kensington Town Hall demanding answers from the authorities before dozens of them stormed inside the building.

A number of police officers have formed a human guard at the reception of the town hall to stop anymore protesters entering. Protesters drew up a list of demands from the council, which included that those who lost their homes in the fire be rehoused locally.

The queen and her husband Prince Philip also observed a minute of silence to honour the victims of Grenfell Tower tragedy, before the start of the annual Trooping the Colour procession that marks her official birthday.

Association chairman Gary Porter says that "fire risk assessments and the construction of buildings are being reviewed and double checks are being made to ensure remedial work recommended under previous assessments have been carried out".

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Protesters march from Kensington Town Hall, back to Grenfell Tower on June 16, 2017, as they demand justice for those affected by the fire that gutted Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block in west London on June 14.

Mrs May visited residents today but is herself under mounting criticism for not meeting victims of the blaze sooner.

It said the company that manufactured the cladding also made fire-resistant models that cost fractionally more than the standard version.


The block, which housed some 600 people in about 120 apartments, is in a low-rent housing estate next to one of the most affluent areas of Britain. Now, you look at the government documents on this building and It turns out this siding, it's a pair of aluminum sheets sandwiched around a composite core.

In response, the council said that it would do its best to relocate displaced residents, possibly in other parts of London; that it had already released funds, and appealed to the public to identify anyone not getting prompt help; and that it was up to the coroner to release names and numbers of victims.

At the same time, May's motorcade was chased from a church near the scene of the fire by residents angry over her response to the disaster. Residents in other blocks with the same exterior cladding as Grenfell Tower were concerned, he wrote.

"People are terrified that the same thing could happen to them", said Khan.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has used the Grenfell Tower fire as a springboard to criticise the Labour Party (a Tory smearing Labour, what a shocker!), ironically criticising them for "political game-playing" in a time of crisis, when by doing that, he is doing some "political game-playing" himself.

Police say the harrowing search for remains had paused Friday because of safety concerns at the blackened tower but has resumed.

Some desperate residents pleaded to speak to the queen and her grandson about their plight and the fate of missing children as they left the site, with William promising he would return. The death toll is still expected to rise substantially.

Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy responded to speculation that the number of dead could exceed 100, saying: "From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't".

Police said they were using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to identify victims, along with features such as tattoos, scars, jewelry, or distinctive clothing.

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