Nation pauses to remember Grenfell victims as death toll climbs to 79

20 Juin, 2017, 16:44 | Author: Claudine Rigal

He said only five people had been formally identified so far, after officers earlier warned that some may never be identified due to the condition of the remains.

Both May and her ministers have said they will do all they can to help those left homeless after the blaze and make sure other high-rise buildings, usually home to poorer people, are checked and safe.

"I have investigated major crime for most of my service and I have seen some bad things".

Despite this, Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad claimed many were seen "sleeping in cars and in parks because they don't know where to go and they aren't being looked after".

"It's hard to describe my feelings, because I can not imagine, and I would not want to put myself in the position of those families who have lost their loved ones".

"But we will do it with our utmost professionalism and we will do everything we can as quickly as we can to locate everybody who is in there".

The government pledged on Friday (16 June) to give at least £5,500 to every household whose home had been destroyed by the fire, with one cash payment of £500 and the rest delivered through bank accounts or similar in a single payment.

He said that the search and recovery operation in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower continues, and it has been incredibly distressing for families.

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"It would be wrong to speculate about the cause of the fire until a full investigation has been carried out".

Residents and community members affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster came together on Sunday at a special Father's Day service at Latymer Community Church.

In a statement, GRT said: "We have endeavoured to keep accommodation as local as possible, and we completely accept residents' wishes to remain close to the community".

A red t-shirt with the London Fire Brigade's logo had been placed by the memorial wall, with the name of a nearby fire station and the words "We tried, we're sorry" scrawled on it.

He said: "I thought the way they expressed themselves with a mixture of passion and reason was fantastic, and I hope it's the beginning of a process, not the end of a process, the beginning of a process of real listening between Government, RBKC (the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council), local residents, that will bring about lasting change".

DCLG permanent secretary Melanie Dawes' letter said: "There has been much public concern and comment about potential flaws in the cladding that was on Grenfell Tower".

"We are therefore asking local authorities and other registered providers of social housing to identify whether any panels used in new-build or refurbishment are a particular type of cladding made of aluminium composite material (ACM)".

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