Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Anger erupts in London as Grenfell protesters take to the streets


The London police said yesterday that at least 58 people were assumed to have lost their lives in the fire, out of which 30 were confirmed dead and 28 were missing and presumed dead.

Mr Cundy vowed police "will get to the answer of what has happened and why", adding: "If criminal offences have been committed it is us who will investigate that". "That 58 would include that 30", he told reporters here. Authorities have not yet issued a figure and have said they genuinely don't know how many people might have died.

British Labour MP David Lammy called for arrests to be made over what he labelled "corporate manslaughter", lambasting Britain's public housing crisis which he says has left towers like Grenfell in appalling condition.

Some footage from inside the tower may be released tomorrow to show the difficulties fire crews are facing, Cundy said at the press conference.

Emergency workers walk on the roof of the fire-gutted Grenfell Tower in London, Friday, June 16, 2017, after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning.

They demanded justice for the victims and claimed Wednesday's fatal blaze was due to negligence, with many citing the new cladding put on the 1974 concrete tower.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday after attending a church service several blocks from the tower that the fatal blaze was entirely preventable.

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".

Many in the United Kingdom are upset with Prime Minister Theresa May for her response - or lack thereof - to the Grenfell Tower fire.

A woman places a candle amongst floral tributes close to Grenfell Tower on Saturday.

Whole families are said to be among the missing, including Bassem Choukeir, his wife Nadia, her mother Sariyya and the couple's three daughters Mirna, Fatmeh and Zaynab.

The recovery operation at the burnt-out block of flats has resumed and could take weeks, Cundy explained and May said she expected to announce the name of the judge for a public inquiry within the next few days. "I have heard the concerns and I have ordered immediate action across the board to help victims' relatives and the survivors", she said.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William visited an aid distribution site and were meeting with volunteers.

A tenant group had complained for years about the risk of a fire in the building, owned by the local government in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain's Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard.

Many survivors are sleeping on the floor in community centers and there's still no coordinated distribution of donated food and clothing. More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) have been raised for the victims. The queen said it was "difficult to escape a very somber mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.

But public anger has been swelling, with furious residents heckling May and storming the local authority headquarters on Friday.

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