Anger erupts in London as Grenfell protesters take to the streets

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19 June, 2017

London's ambulance service said at least 18 people were in critical condition. May has outlined a series of measures to help those left homeless by the devastating fire which engulfed the 24-storey apartment block on Wednesday. British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling on the 24-story tower in a renovation that was completed just a year ago. "This is a deeply distressing time and my thoughts remain with all those whose lives have been changed by this tragic incident", said Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police. It includes 30 deaths that already have been confirmed, and reports of people who are missing and presumed to have been killed. He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead at the building. "However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there".

London police said an investigation, led by a detective from its homicide and major crime unit, would examine whether criminal offences had been committed although they said there was nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately. He asked anyone who was in the tower and survived to contact police immediately. "This should not have happened in the beginning", she said."I'm not here to blame anyone, that's not my concern", she said.

Dr Tomlin said the residents had gone from living normal lives before the tragedy to bringing their frustrations to the very top of Government.

It came after she met victims of the blaze at Downing Street, amid criticism she had not seen them in the immediate wake of the disaster.

It was reported that the material used in the cladding covering Grenfell was Reynobond PE - a cheaper, more flammable version of two available options.

"This is an absolutely very bad fire that took place".

Residents said May was far too slow to visit the stricken community, that the building had been unsafe and that officials have failed to give enough information and support to those who have lost relatives and their homes.

Forensic experts said the fire at Grenfell was so hot it could be compared to a cremation, which is going to make it hard to identify those who lost their lives.

Police have said it could take months to search the building and some victims might never be identified. This relies on dental records, fingerprints and DNA when possible and also features like tattoos or scars.

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Addressing the British people on her official birthday, Queen Elizabeth wrote of a "very sombre national mood" following a "succession of awful tragedies" that have befallen the British people over the last number of months.

Queen Elizabeth, 91, and her grandson Prince William also visited residents and emergency workers on Friday.

She said earlier that the national mood is somber but that Britain is resolute in the face of adversity.

This year, however, it is very hard to escape a very sombre national mood.

In a television interview Friday, she sidestepped questions over whether she had misread the public mood.

Meanwhile, dozens of people erupted into Kensington and Chelsea town hall to protest the lack of response following the fire.

The mayor also called on May to make speedy progress with the announced public inquiry into the tragedy, requesting that she publish an interim report "this summer at the latest" including all aspects of fire safety standards in high-rise towers.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations. Churches and community centres were providing meals and support, and donations of clothing, toys and household supplies are flooding in.


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