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Theresa May pledges £5M for Grenfell Tower victims

Theresa May pledges £5M for Grenfell Tower victims

A man looks at a message wall near the scene of the fire which destroyed the Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, west London, Britain June 15, 2017.

The protesters are seeking a list of demands which has been given to the council, Xinhua news agency reported.

Meanwhile, donations to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy have surpassed 2 million pounds in just two days.

London firefighters combed through the burned-out public housing tower Thursday in a grim search for missing people as police and the prime minister launched investigations into the deadly inferno, with pressure building on officials to explain the disaster and assure that similar buildings around the country are safe.

"We know that at least 30 people have died as a result of this fire..."

Mr Cundy said the victims included one person who had died in hospital.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

He said a police investigation by specialist detectives would "establish the facts to provide, as best we possible, answers for those so deeply and tragically affected by the awful fire at Grenfell Tower".

Their teams were forced to leave the 24-storey building yesterday afternoon when the fire restarted, delaying further the efforts to reach upper floors - where many victims are thought to have been trapped.

The UK government has already announced a full judge-led public inquiry in an attempt to learn lessons from the tragedy and implement any necessary fire measures in other residential towers blocks.

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"Government is making money available, we are ensuring we are going to get to the bottom of what happened, we will ensure that people are rehoused, but we need to make sure that that actually happens".

However, they claim that no action had been taken despite their repeated warnings.

May met victims privately at a central London hospital on Friday and had expressed her sorrow on television on Thursday after meeting emergency services personnel. "She should have been there with the residents".

The local authority has been criticised for ignoring residents' concerns over fire safety.

"The local community feels their grief has been made worse by the lack of information about their missing family members and friends", he wrote.

He added: "Officers are working around the clock, alongside the other emergency services, to recover the bodies of those who have died, identify them, and support their families".

But even those within her own party said May should have faced the locals herself earlier.

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

The Catholic bishops of Westminster offered their prayers and local parishes opened their doors to offer aid and supplies to those affected by a massive fire at an apartment complex in west London on Wednesday.


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