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identification of people. specially trained dogs, they will be used first of all. the benefit of using the dogs is they are lighter than people and can carry a greater area. they will be followed by specialist advisers. i anticipate london fire brigade will be here on scene for many days to come working with partners to ensure we do the best for the people who are waiting for news of loved ones. thank you. following on from that. waiting free news of loved ones, those that are waiting, the thoughts of all of us are with those that have been so deeply affected from the events over the last 24 hours will stop yesterday was a very difficult day, clearly challenging overnight, particularly for colleagues from fire, and today, as you have heard, the work really starts in earnest to ensure we do the appropriate recovery of everybody from those premises. sadly, ican recovery of everybody from those premises. sadly, i can confirm that the numberof
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premises. sadly, i can confirm that the number of people who have died is now 17, and we do believe that number will increase. for our colleagues within the health service, there is still a number of people receiving treatment in hospital. 30 people receiving treatment, several in critical care. like with blind yesterday, —— like weeks blind yesterday, the priority is identification of those missing. it will be wrong to get into numbers that i do believe our inaccurate, please get in touch with us. if you have reported somebody who was missing and you know they are safe and well, call the missing and you know they are safe and well, callthe number, so missing and you know they are safe and well, call the number, so that we can identify those we are still trying to find. my heart goes out to the family still trying to find love oi'ies.
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the family still trying to find love ones. specially trained officers will be in touch with you to support you through this. it is going to ta ke you through this. it is going to take a considerable period of time as we have heard. so that we can do oui’ as we have heard. so that we can do ourjob have a large team of specialist detectives who already investigating this and senior detective, chief detective matt bonner. we aren't meeting with colleagues of the health and safety sedative later on today, to agree how we progressed the investigation from here on in. i iterate again, it is going to be a long and lengthy process. again, my thanks to the community, and the public, for their patience which they are showing, i know this is an exceptionally difficult and challenging time. if
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you have any concerns about anybody, again, please contact the police casualty bureau. i would like to pay tribute to all of those who have been involved in this incident, from the first responders through to those supporting them, the reception centres around this area, the tremendous public support and donations, which i think is a real testament to the community 's birds of londoners. we will take a few questions if there are any. inaudible question there is nothing to suggest this is a terrorism related incident, we have not formally establish what the cause of the fire is, that is one of the priorities. what is the total number of people missing? it would be wrong of me to
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give the number i do not believe to be accurate. the wrong number has been repeated. will you be able to send your fire voters back into the building to make a search? they've been doing that throughout the night with police colleagues. my firefighters have been in there. the building itself is structurally sound at the moment. the firefighters have been going in, but they can't get into the rooms in the flats. we have identified a number of people who are still in the building, but we know there will be more. it is the upper floors above the more challenging and will need more shoring for us to be able to get in. the size of this building, it will take weeks. what is the state of play with the investigation? the start of the
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investigation? the start of the investigation of the cause of the fire started yesterday morning, as soon as the incident happened. i have a specialist investigation team, who are very dedicated. they have been there since the start, getting witness testimony from people who have left the building. they have been into where we believe the class of origin was and have already done initial investigations. that will be ongoing with police colleagues, that started yesterday. what was the initial police that it started 7 what was the initial police that it started? i don't want to confirm that yet. i think you'll be aware, comment yesterday, following a cross governmental meeting, you will be aware that grin felt how was re ce ntly aware that grin felt how was recently refurbished. other buildings are refurbished like that.
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it's too soon to see if that has any immediate bearing on the fire, but thatis immediate bearing on the fire, but that is work going on from government and local authorities. residents are very angry and they say they haven't been able to get information from the police, the having to trawl through hospitals themselves. i can understand how upsetting and distressing matters. one of the priorities for us today for the police is to make contact with all of those families. if you haven't had contact already, please contact the casualty bureau and a specially trained detective will be in touch with you to assist you through this. is it not a glorified answerphone? it is not a glorified answerphone. there might be times of peak demand, it was open through the night, we took another 138 calls
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through the night till eight o'clock this morning. do you have enough specially trained officers to look after these families? from a family liaison perspective, yes, absolutely. we are large organisation, we have a significant numberof organisation, we have a significant number of officers specially trained to help families. we have a number already deployed in working with families who we believe may be believed and have lost loved ones. but not just believed and have lost loved ones. but notjust for believed and have lost loved ones. but not just for those who have lost their loved ones, but who are critically injured in hospital. we'll leave it there. thank you very much. that's the end of this press conference, another update from the emergency services, telling us the death toll has risen to 17. it was 12 last night. but another warning that it will rise. the emergency
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services, and is not wanting to put any possible figure on the final death toll that they expect. there has been speculation in the newspapers saying dozens of people have died in this disaster, but at the moment, the emergency services telling us that 17 are dead, but they do fear the death toll will rise. 37 are still receiving treatment in hospitals in london, and i7 treatment in hospitals in london, and 17 of them are in critical care. the commissioner of the fire brigade was just saying they could be here for weeks working on what is left of this building, grenfell tower. they're doing work vehicle internal shoring, to make sure the building stays up, that it doesn't collapse. they're doing that and then also sending in specially trained sniffer dogs to help them presumably find bodies of those who have died inside. they say dogs are lighter than people in terms of searching
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the more difficult areas hired up in the more difficult areas hired up in the building. let's bring in a resident who lives near here, an actor and writer. first of all, you we re actor and writer. first of all, you were alerted to the fire very soon after it started. yes, we walk up about half past one byjust the sounds of the fire engines and helicopters, which tours of the windows then be opened windows and that it was, a wall of fire. there we re that it was, a wall of fire. there were people running down the streets, shouting. you had to go out and bring what you could, water, courts, without getting in anybody‘s way. you've lived there for quite awhile. it's obviously a very close community. lots of different cultures and religions, everybody knows everyone. everybody does. in our street, people have been here for decades and decades. it's a very
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close, one community and it's been shown that we have got on with it, stuck together, and it is what people do at times at this. as a human, this is what you do. we're just looking behind is that the charred remains, still smouldering, but that this could happen, that the whole tower block in 2017 could go up whole tower block in 2017 could go up like this, and we don't know the loss of life, but it's going to be substantial. i was amazed. just looking at it at 1:45 a.m., it was a wall of fire. i could never have dreamt that could happen in this age, that something could be involved in fire, that people couldn't get out. just devastating. i never even dreamt that something like that could happen. the death toll was 17 at the moment, but it is clearly going to rise quite
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considerably. i can't begin to speculate, but i could see people in the upper windows, try to get out, signalling, trying to get people's attention. just the heat that would come off that building was just unreal. it was unreal. the fire services have done most incredible job, to go anywhere needed, to have gone inside and got people out. and also the local heroes who have incredible things. in terms of people bringing donations of blankets and food, people are brought so much they've been told there is enough, they need to start distributing it. but an extraordinary display of generosity. the outpouring has been incredible. we generated things like baby's nappies and sanitary products and things that needed to be given out. but it's not it in the immediate, it's in the days and weeks to come
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that people still need to be active and volunteer to do what they can, if they can. and the believe it will need help and people who survived and are traumatised and will be traumatised for a long time. very much. this is a defining moment for our whole community. it is so devastating, so all—encompassing. it's not going to be forgotten. devastating, so all—encompassing. it's not going to be forgottenm should never be forgotten. finally, this sort of area, it's a strange area ina this sort of area, it's a strange area in a sense that you have a lot of poverty year, people living in poverty next to people who are multimillionaires living in enormous houses. yes, that is a very real disparity and i don't think it's something that should be seen in this day and age. people should be working together, and problems that happened, i was around when the residents themselves were saying this does not need to happen, we don't need this cladding, this
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cladding is a problem. and i know they were ignored, because i was around when they were being actively ignored. is because some people have money and some people don't. these people can be ignored. how angry are you? that was months ago, when they we re you? that was months ago, when they were being ignored. yes, months and yea rs were being ignored. yes, months and years ago. the human cost that it ta kes, years ago. the human cost that it takes, it always seems to cost human lives with these things take effect in any way. ijust hope these people are rehoused, the residents are treated with respect and with speed, i think that's important. thank you so much for being with us. we know that two men in their 20s were trying to escape from the fire they we re trying to escape from the fire they were called omar and mohammed. we
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gather that omar is in king ‘s couege gather that omar is in king ‘s college hospital, being treated for his injuries. he was coming down the staircase when the fire took hold and he was with mohammed. mohammed is missing, aged 25. they got separated on the staircase. i think we can talk to the brother of the missing man. if you can hear me, can you tell me what your concerns are? we'll talk to attempt to a little later on. let's stop to our correspondent richard galton. he has been talking to some of the people at the emergency centres, helping those who are no homers. what is the situation at the moment for those who have lost their homes? it's obviously very difficult for them, but there has been a lot of food and
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water and shelter brought in for them. there are these emergency centres for them. there has been a huge community spirit for them, getting things people need as quick as possible. that's obviously been going on for some time. we now many of the people who left had literally left with absolutely nothing, they we re left with absolutely nothing, they were still in their pyjamas. they just ran out. there is a huge need on the seems to have been a big response. to recap on the news conference, some really important details. the number of dead has gone up details. the number of dead has gone up to 17, according to the police. they are saying 17 people in hospital are in critical condition. in total, there are more than 30 in hospitals. the key element today is the concern of safety in the building, in terms of police and fire investigators being able to go inside. the london fire commissioner
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is very worried about that. and she said to me that they have not been able, at the moment, they cannot access half the building, because they believe it is not structurally safe. what it seems like as it's going to take a long time for them to actually get to the point where they feel it is safe enough to cool. she's even talking about building structures within the building to make it safe for the investigators to go on. what is essential now is that there is nobody alive in the building and that they go through all the flats and find the remains of those who have been killed. she was also talking about using specially trained dogs. that's right, because it's too dangerous for people to go on. dogs are much lighter. they have specially trained dogs, who can meander through the building. i don't quite know how it will work, whether they will have a
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camera on them so they can see what the situation looks like in all the areas which fire officers have not been able to get to. yesterday, they said they would use drones to look inside the building. the fire brigade said we could be here for weeks. it is a massive, massive task. in particular, the awful, grim, tragic task of trying to find the remains of those who have been killed, and what will be extremely difficult will be identifying them. i think that is the reason, apart from the structural problems of the building, that this will take a long time. thank you, richard. the death toll has now gone up to 17 from 12. i was just telling you about the two men who got separated as were fleeing from the fire, omar and mohammed came down together. omar is
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in hospital, but mohammed is missing. his brother hashim is on the phone now. hashim, what are you doing to find your missing brother? we looked around the building, there we re we looked around the building, there were some places where people would go and sit there, they brought the casualties over there. we went to three centres. we put his name there, but until now, nobody told us anything about him. the police gave us anything about him. the police gave usa anything about him. the police gave us a reference number and we told them about his features, but no information about mohammed. we saw a picture on social media of his dead body. the police say they cannot tell us anything about mohammed jett. they can't tell us
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anything until they get enough information. they asked us lots of information, because they wanted to check. but we believe it is his dead body on social media. we don't know where he is. ok. and is it pure understanding that he was trying to escape from the fire with another man omar, i think a friend of his? yes, omarand mohammed man omar, i think a friend of his? yes, omar and mohammed were leaving the house together, but there was so much smoke they couldn't even see each other. when omar got down the stairs, he called mohammed and mohammed was saying, why did you leave me? omar said, why didn't you come with me? mohammed said, i
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couldn't, there was too much smoke. he spoke to him for nearly an hour. omar told mohammed, do as much as you can't go down the stairs. but he said, we can't open the door any more, i don't know what to the door. he was with two ladies and one child in the flat. there was more much smoke. i was telling him to do his best. i told smoke. i was telling him to do his best. itold him smoke. i was telling him to do his best. i told him to use a wet towel, move down to the floor, don't stand still, because you will be then so much smoke. he was doing his best, but then he was saying, hashim, i can't do it any more. he was speaking slower and slower as time went, until he said the fire broke
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into the flat and that was last summer into the flat and that was last summer talk to into the flat and that was last summertalk to him. into the flat and that was last summer talk to him. and then i don't know what happened to his phone, if was dropped, i could hear cracking. then i couldn't speak to him any more. that was the last time i spoke to, that was around half past four in the morning. 0k. thank you so much for being with us. i know it's an extremely difficult and distressing time for you. but thank you for your time. hashim, the brother of mohammed, who is a p pa re ntly brother of mohammed, who is apparently missing. the queen has pictured it to the emergency services, and the prime
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minister is expected to visit. let's get more from andy moore. the official death toll is expected to rise, but even so it is outstripped by the number of the missing. these are some of their faces — whole families are unaccounted for, many of them lived on the top floors. this woman was searching local hospitals for herfriend and three children. we don't know if they are alive or dead, or if they're in hospital or not, we have not any clues, just waiting and hoping. as dusk fell, nearly 18 hours after the blaze started, there were still pockets of fire inside the tower block. the prime minister promised there would be a full inquiry into why so many lives were lost. of course, once the scene is secure, once the recovery is complete, then an investigation will take place into the cause of the fire and if there are any lessons to be learned. oh, my god, they're screaming! witnesses say the fire spread rapidly, apparently through the new cladding on the outside of the block, installed only last year.
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this fire expert showed how the foam insulation used in some cladding can catch fire. the actual rigid board insulation that i believe is most likely to have been used is made from the same material, polyurethane. i'm now setting fire to this, and this is the rate at which it burns. that is very, very rapid, and this is a typical material used for insulating external buildings. the firm that carried out the refurbishment said it had met all building control, fire regulation, and health and safety standards. their later statement removed a section about meeting fire regulations. the government is sufficiently worried to order checks on any tower blocks that have undergone a similar refurbishment. some residents of grenfell tower had to resort to ropes made of blankets and sheets to escape the burning building. there are many questions to be answered. why was there no sprinkler system?
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did the alarms work? is the stay—put policy the right advice? there are 4000 tower blocks in the uk. this terrible fire will cause a fundamental rethink about the safety of high—rise living. andy moore, bbc news. labour are calling for an inquiry into fire safety in tower blocks to be completed by the summer. they are demanding the immediate implementation of safety rules that we re implementation of safety rules that were demanded usable. our assistant political editor norman smith joins us from westminster. there is a demand is now an
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immediate enquiry to be carried out over the summer, led by a senior cabinet minister, and in the meantime, for the implementation of the recommendations following the previous tower block tragedy in south london in 2009, which many of them have either been shelved or rejected, ideas such as installing sprinklers in those tower block flats where people are most at risk. also suggestions there should be a review of building regulations, which again has been put to one side, but apparently includes recommendations about looking at the safety of cladding. and also, a review of the advice given to people when fires take hold in each tower block. there has been a degree of pressure on the government to shoo it is ticking on board such
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recommendations. the prime minister went down to grenfell tower, where she spent time speaking to the firefighters, looking at the damage done and hearing their side. i don't think the prime minister met any of the residents or survivors or te na nts the residents or survivors or tenants groups at that particular meeting. that may be simply a time fa ct, meeting. that may be simply a time fact, it may be because of security concerns, because there clearly is a degree of anger among many residents about what they feel are there are warnings that were ignored. a good deal of criticism of the council, of the tenant management organisation andi the tenant management organisation and i suppose, by implication, also the government. we will probably hear more from mrs may later today and we will also hear from you govern —— government minister in parliament. nick howard will make a
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statement. he will make a statement in the committee room, where he can be questioned. the shadow housing ministerjohn healey was insistent this morning. he felt a lot of the previous recommendations had not been implemented. what really needs to happen now is that the prime minister needs to show the government is taking this tragedy seriously and taking the fears that other people living in similar blocks will have. labour has called for a minister to come to the house of commons this afternoon and do a statement session, so that people can have some of their questions and concerns butcher ministers. but most importantly, it allows parliament to recognise the scale of this tragedy, respect the victims and the concern for so many families who still have people missing. there are a lot of
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tough political questions queueing up. we heard from jeremy corbyn yesterday, we'll hear from up. we heard from jeremy corbyn yesterday, we'll hearfrom him up. we heard from jeremy corbyn yesterday, we'll hear from him today at grenville tower. yesterday, he was tiptoeing around the impact of austerity and cuts on local councils, it will be interesting to see if he presses further on that. there is a degree of nervousness among politicians generally, just holding back a bit, because we still are at the immediate aftermath of an utterly appalling tragedy. there is a reluctance to get sucked to victory into the details of the political arguments and who is to blame and so on. thank you very much indeed. that was norman smith, our assistant political editor. he mentioned jeremy corbyn's visit.
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that is the few minutes away. we'll try and bring you some of that live. the prime minister has already been here. to update you, we were hearing from the emergency services are live on the sour. the death toll at the moment is 17. it has risen from 12 to 17. and 17 people in critical ca re to 17. and 17 people in critical care in hospital manner. we will pass now and get a weather forecast. we have some cloud moving across, but there are sunny spells for many of us. turning pressure as the cloud moves its way across. just the odd shower across the midlands and northern england. the showers move morsel towards and northern ireland. temperatures here fresher than
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yesterday. but still warm across the south—east. through this evening, those showers should mostly fade away. and then going into friday, a dry day for most of us. more rain spreading the northern ireland and into scotland. for most of us, a dry day on friday. temperatures nudging up day on friday. temperatures nudging upa day on friday. temperatures nudging up a touch in northern areas. going into the weekend, it will be dry for most, there will be sunny spells. it will turn warmer. temperatures by sunday to about 30 celsius. good morning, this is bbc newsroom life. the headlines. 17 people have now been confirmed dead — and that number is expected to rise — following the west london tower block fire. 37 people are receiving treatment — 17 of whom are in a critical condition. emergency services say they do not expect to find any survivors. structures will need to be built to
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ensure the floors are safe. before we do that we will utilise a specialist training that we have in conjunction with the metropolitan police that will go through the building and the area looking for identification of people. —— training team. the desperate search for missing friends and relatives continues. even my children, they could not sleep. we came near to the building around three o'clock and we came to the ambulances around four o'clock. the prime minister theresa may has been visiting grenfell tower. as the investigation into the cause of the blaze gets underway, the labour party is calling for an inquiry into fire safety in tower blocks. donations of food and clothing have
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been pouring in at churches and community centres with some people turned away because of the sheer volume of volunteers. some breaking news, from the ministry of defence which is seeing a soldier from the royal tank regiment has died and three others have been winded after an incident at pembrokeshire. that is all the detail we have at the moment. a soldierfrom is all the detail we have at the moment. a soldier from the is all the detail we have at the moment. a soldierfrom the royal tank regiment has died and three others have been injured after an incident in pembrokeshire. that is from the ministry of defence. we will bring you more on that as we get it. now we return to my colleague, ben brown. thank you very much indeed. a huge edge of compassion here, we have seen it with so many donations of food,
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water and blanket for those who have been made homeless by the disaster but i have to say for a lot of anger as well for how it was that grenfell tower could go up in flames so quickly, with such deadly consequences. with me now is councillor robert atkinson — for the notting dale ward in the kensington and chelsea borough council. what are your feelings, 24 hours later? i have seen my residents traumatised and deeply upset but as you say, they are increasingly angry, wanting answers to questions, questions which have been raised in the past and not responded to. the priorities need to be to feed and hires people. the local authority has a duty to house people and that isa has a duty to house people and that is a big task, 125 families. but we have money in kensington and chelsea and need to do something with that but that does not mean we can get
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away with not answering questions. this week we find out, we take care of the injured and the dead and we harass people. next week we answered the questions as to how this could possibly happen. to address the housing question, if it's your understanding that the people who have been made homeless have been given accommodation?” have been made homeless have been given accommodation? i was told anyone from the blog who wanted accommodation last night were put up ata accommodation last night were put up at a hotel and that would carry on, which is the least we should do but we do not want people living in hotel accommodation for months on end. ido hotel accommodation for months on end. i do not underestimate the scale of the problem. one of the reasons why that tower block was refurbished with the residents inside was because we could not find homes for london 25 families in the immediate area and now we will have to do so. if that means spending a
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lot of money, we need to do that. we need to cooperate with other local authorities, i understand hammersmith has offered facilities with their own temporary accommodation bureau. it is good to here that other authorities are offering support and we need to grab it with both hands and give people a decent chance to get their lives into some sort of order. in terms of answering questions, do you want to full government inquiry? what sort of investigation should be taken into this? there are obvious implications for thousands of other tower blocks, not just implications for thousands of other tower blocks, notjust in london but attended united kingdom. we are urged not to leap to conclusions and i will be interested to here about the fire authorities have to say but the fire authorities have to say but the simple sight of how that blog went up as an infernal, it is pretty easy to work out there was a problem with the cladding and harriet harman
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is insistent that something similar happened in southwark and she is demanding to know why the report that was commissioned and published was not acted upon either by central government or by local authorities. that is a very pressing matter. i wa nt that is a very pressing matter. i want a full public inquiry, the problem is a public inquiry takes a long time. i don't want my residents to have to wait for years for a response. as you say, there are people living in similar blocks around the country. they cannot wait for yea rs around the country. they cannot wait for years and years either. thank you very much forjoining us. that is robert atkinson, the ward councillor for this area of kensington and chelsea were grenfell tower is, demanding some pretty urgent answer is to his questions. let us talk to a fire emergency
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planner who has been here today. stephen, we were talking to the local council about what went wrong, what is your view about why that tower block went up in flames so quickly? we cannot determine that without the forensic evidence which will be quite a lengthy process to go through an unstable building trying to do recovery and containment operations. we will need to go through that process but we cannot comment now, there seems to be an accelerated development which is the fire chief suggested is unprecedented in london. we also have reports of the central safety cord and within the building be untenable quickly. the fire service said stay in your flat and we will search and rescue when we can. it was very search and rescue when we can. it was very difficult environment. there are other transport routes through the building which depend on
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construction quality and maintenance and management of the building soap so many questions to be and answered. questions about smoke alarms, sprinklers and why people we re alarms, sprinklers and why people were told to stay in their flat even though the fire had started? there are couple of aspects. there was no statutory requirement for sprinklers in the building. even under existing legislation previous legislation. there are petitions for government to install residential sprinklers in high—rise buildings. there are also questions about the fire alarm detection system in the building, was a battery operated or wired into the lighting system or was it a house system? we do not know that yet. we have peace deal that piecemeal information. fire the action policy to stay in the premises was quite surprising that
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that happens but everyday flat should be separate itself and the fire service was forced to instruct people to stay in place rather than face being overcome on the staircase and try and rescue them. in terms of the firefighters who have been incredibly brave, we have here at again and again, they go climbing up throughout that 24 story building trying to find survivors and carry out 65 rescues we were told. we heard the fire commissioner talking about long—term effects on those firefighters about what they were seen firefighters about what they were seen and experienced in terms of post—traumatic distress and so on? definitely, the physical constraints on the firefighters, even with the technology end kit the fire service have, they have to use the steer case and hiking up the into an infernal. they will become
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overheated and dehydrated quickly. these people are so perfect and turnround on the adrenaline and depend on their training. we will have contained firefighters physically and some of the mental effects and post—traumatic stress disorder in and we will have counselling support. they will see some horrific sights when they do fatality recovery and forensic information. they told us they are using specially trained dogs now because they are lighter than humans going in there to carry out presumably searches for bodies? yes, more and more the british and international search and rescue teams are using dogs for searching. because dogs have a better sense of smell, they can locate the human remains or the casualty. they can
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recover it, they can go into more structurally u nsta ble recover it, they can go into more structurally unstable buildings which we would not to put fire personnel into because of the risks. they can fit out dogs with state—of—the—art audiovisual equipment so the operator can use smart media and see with the dog sees. the dogs are usually quite small and can search and burrow into the deadly where it would take a degree of time for human officers to search through. burrow into the rubble. they are also talking about internal shoring up of the building. you will find there has been some structural weakening of the building but i believe the main structural frame, the quote from the fire commissioner, the internal staircase is relatively safe because it is
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concrete. it will be the edges which will become degraded in their structural performance. the perp —— the building is still standing but they are taking precautions to protect their crews. as someone who knows a lot about this, people watching who live in high—rise blocks will be very worried, there are thousands of them in the country. the newspapers are talking about this building being a death trap. people in other tower blocks might be wondering if this safety precautions are up to scratch? actually, last night we went into a compatible block of flats in the area. one of the residents allowed us area. one of the residents allowed us in so we did a full survey. the construction only look good. the provisions of the building, without a detailed analysis, the always good so a detailed analysis, the always good so the question is why did this happen? why did we get the
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accelerated fire? why were they not all a look —— able to self evacuation or put in place as it —— search and rescue operation? thank you to our fire expert. let us talk about the casualties now. 37 people survived the blaze are in —— and are now in hospital. 17 are in critical care. they were taken to six hospitals. one of our correspondents are at st mary's down the road here. what is the latest? this is a major trauma centre and 11 patients are being treated here. we understand they are in critical care. the doctors and nurses will be looking for the effects of smoke inhalation. smoke can irritate the windpipe and lungs and make it difficult to breed. with anyone with worries about breathing, if they show signs
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of serious smoke inhalation, some will have been put into a medically induced coma and given artificial breathing until the recover. the doctors and nurses is will be used to dealing with cyanide poisoning which can happen when home furnishings are burnt in a closed space and things like carbon monoxide poisoning they will be looking for. this hospital is well used to treating this kind of casualty. here today we have had distraught relatives coming in and looking for their loved ones. they have been to all the hospitals and turned up here and find that there is no signs of their relatives. we have also spoken to some who received good news. i spoke to a lady who phoned relatives here who is in critical
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care. she is in a serious condition but the relatively so happy to have found her alive. we expect more relatives to turn up at the five major hospitals which are treating people across london today. thank you very much indeed. 37 people in a variety of hospitals today. the death toll now from the grenfell tower disaster is 37. the emergency services expect that number to rise and jeremy corbyn will be here any moment to make a visit. the prime minister has been here today. that is the latest. i had you back to the bbc studio. in a moment a summary of the business news this hour but first — the headlines on bbc newsroom live. specialist teams continued to search the refuge —— the residue of g re nfell tower, the refuge —— the residue of grenfell tower, 17 people have been confirmed dead and others are missing. the emergency services say
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they do not expect to find survivors. many people are unaccounted for, the desperate search for friends and relatives continues. the prime minister has been meeting emergency services and front line staff during a private visit to grenfell tower. hello. the bank of england is widely expected to keep interest rates on hold at midday — despite rising inflation and slowing wage growth. the bank has resisted calls for action, arguing that raising interest rates, from its current 0.25%, could kill off already weak economic growth. but in the the us — its central bank — the federal reserve — has raised the cost of borrowing. it's the second increase in three months. the fed has raised its rate by a quarter of one percent. that takes it to the highest it's been since before the 2008 financial crisis. retail sales were up 0.9% in may, compared to the same time last year. that's the joint slowest rate since april 2013.
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the ons says the slowdown was — in large part — caused by rising prices. good morning. could the cost of borrowing be set for change? we'll find out within the next 15 minutes — as the bank of england makes its interest rate decision at midday. it's currently at a record low of 0.25%. remember that's the emergency level — after it was slashed at the height of the financial crisis in 2008 to 0.5% and then cut again 0.25% after the vote to leave the eu. so many suggest the only way is up — but amid all the uncertainty of brexit and now the political upheaval of the hung parliament and last week's general election, many doubt that the bank will opt to raise rates. let's speak to matthew whittaker, chief economist, resolution foundation.
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good to see you. so the only way is up good to see you. so the only way is up but it doesn't seem to be going up up but it doesn't seem to be going up any time soon? we have had a lot of predictions which have gone wrong recently. it would take a brave person to see the bank will do anything but hold tight in a few minutes. the bank is in a holding pattern, you said it yourself, the watchword in politics and the economy is uncertainty in the uk. that is so much going on in terms of brexit negotiations, what outcome will we have? for the bank to take any action would seem a bit hasty. better to sit tight and see what happens, especially as there are signs there has been a slowdown in aspects of the economy, especially in consumer spending. raising rates would risk tipping over the edge
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into adomah spiral. we just want to explain that. traditionally, the bank would raise interest rates when inflation starts rising, that is a way to put a lid on inflation but we're not doing it, why not? the inflation we have at the moment is not being sparked by an overheating economy where everyone is out spending, it is coming through because of the brexit vote and the depreciation of sterling. for the bank, it now faces a trade—off. it either gets inflation back in line with its target and slow down the economy, in an economy when everything is already slow or at least prices and inflation with letters a nd least prices and inflation with letters and except that for a while, inflation has to be above its target. —— leaves prices and inflation were it is. the bank
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thinks this is a phenomenon which will last up to 18 months and then things will head back. in light of what we heard yesterday, inflation continues its upward trend and wages are not keeping up at the same time so are not keeping up at the same time so that is a gap in our pockets. at the same time, the bank thinks of raising rates now a because it would mean mortgages and credit cards are more expensive so mean mortgages and credit cards are more expensive so it cannot afford to do that? that is correct. u nfortu nately, to do that? that is correct. unfortunately, people are effectively getting poor because wages are not keeping pace with inflation. working benefits are also getting poor rulers saw it as a tough time for the uk economy. —— getting poor. the bank with put more pressure on by raising rates and increasing the cost of borrowing. consumer spending which is already
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weakening, if it suddenly drops off, the economy will start a downward spiral. we don't have enough going on in the economy outside of consumers to raise rates at the moment. thank you very much indeed. thank you very much indeed. in other business news. shares in furniture chain dfs have slumped 22% after it issued a profit warning. the company blamed the general election for contributing to a sharp fall in demand in the second half of its financial year. it said it had seen "significant declines in store footfall", since march. wine retailer majestic has reported a £1.5m loss in their full year results as they reach the end of a turnaround programme. but says revenues were up 11% and the company says it's on track to weather uncertain economic times. a quick look of the numbers. you can
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see a confirmation of the fall of the share price for dfs furniture. the ftse 100, the share price for dfs furniture. the ftse100, not sure why it is on twice, but the glitch but you can see it is down. you are up—to—date. thank you very much. president trump is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice investigated for possible obstruction ofjustice according to the washington post. it confirmed the washington post. it confirmed the most by —— the move by the special counsel moved the turning point by the investigation into interference in the election. our north america correspondent said the she spot. these latest allegations centre on testimony from former fbi directorjames comey, the man donald trump sax one month ago. he gave
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evidence to congress saying whilst it was director of the fbi mr trump attempted him —— attempted to persuade him to drop the investigation into michael glennon, a man who was forced to resign after it was revealed he had not been wholly truthful about the extent of his contacts with the russian ambassador. donald trump's lawyer has gone on the attack. he said in a statement the fbi week of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal. the very suggestion that the president could be now under criminal inquiry is of course a very significant development in this saga. from today, so—called roaming charges are being outlawed by the eu after a decade—long battle between brussels and telecom can't —— companies. customers will be able to
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use the alliance without incurring hefty charges. experts are warning on companies may try to recoup earnings by increasing tariffs. somewhere beneath my feet as the border between germany and poland. until recently if you came anywhere near this facility, your mobile operator could switch randomly between german and polish providers and cost you a lot of money. thanks to brussels that is no longer the case and locals could not to be more delighted. i go to germany every day and for me it is amazing that i can go with my friends to another country and i can ring my mother if i want. it is notjust those who live near borders who were
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celebrating. despite uncertainty over how much free data travellers will receive and concerns over regulation, the eu... this is our historic achievement. we could not have done it without the lead role of the parliaments. the tourism industry is similarly jubilant, especially those catering to seoul travellers. i can just look up where iamor travellers. i can just look up where iam or get travellers. i can just look up where i am or get in touch with anybody on facebook. when i am travelling alone thatis facebook. when i am travelling alone that is pretty important for me. —— to seoul travellers. i think that will encourage other people and that is pretty cool. many people have signed up to a mobile phone provider who does not charge extra every time they cross the bridge behind me but thatis they cross the bridge behind me but that is some concern fees over all will rise when firms try to
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compensate for the money they have lost from losing roaming fees. the abolition of digital border is than welcome. returning to our coverage of the g re nfell tower returning to our coverage of the grenfell tower fire. returning to our coverage of the grenfell tower fire. there's been much praise for the emergency services. 200 firefighters dashed into the burning grenfell tower to save men, women and children who were trapped. they've been applauded for their selfless actions. hero! look at that. i hope everyone gets out safely too. early on in the fire, my firefighters tried to reach some of the higher floors. i spoke to a crew before i left who had been to the 20th floor looking for people. we specifically targeted flats where were were getting calls, where we knew where people were.
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as ther commissioner of the london fire brigade, it was a very stressful and difficult time. i was looking at a building engulfed infire. i knew members of the public were still trapped yet i was committing hundreds of firefighters to a building which looked very unsafe. my my firefighters were desperate to get in there and desperate to rescue people. crew after crew were sent into a very dangerous, very hot and difficult situation because we have a passion to do as much as we could to rescue the people in there. it was a very challenging, difficult and very traumatic event for everyone involved. we had minor injuries yesterday, up to nine of my firefighters suffered minor burns, some heat exhaustion due to the intensity of the building and hard work. some obvious slips and trips over debris fallling everywhere. i am more worried longer term about the mental impact on the people
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who were here because it was an unprecedented event and people saw and heard things on a scale we had never seen before. going forward, one of my main concerns is the mental health and well—being of my firefighters. and doing trauma and care for them. you're watching bbc news. i am reporting live from the scene of the west london tower block disaster. the headlines. 17 people are now known to have died in the tragedy, and emergency services are warning that the death toll will continue to rise. this is the now as specialist teams continue to search the wreckage. emergency services say they do not expect to find any survivors. structures will need to be built to ensure the floors are safe. before we do that, we're going to utilise some specialist dog training teams that we have in conjunction with the metropolitan police, that will go through the building and the surrounding area, looking for any identification of people.
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many people are unaccounted for, and the desperate search for friends and relatives goes on. i was screaming in my house, you know, so even my children, they didn't sleep. then they came at three o'clock into the building, so we found them around four o'clock. the prime minister has been meeting emergency services and front line staff during a private visit to g re nfell tower. staff during a private visit to grenfell tower. donations of food and clothing have been pouring in at community centres and churches across the area, with some people being turned away now because of the sheer number of volunteers. good morning.
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you can see behind me the blackened ruins of the tower block as it is now. it was burning late into the night. the flames have now been finally extinguished, but the fire brigade are saying it could take them weeks to carry out all the work they need to do in there. they have sentin they need to do in there. they have sent in specialist sniffer dogs in their continuing search for bodies. they do not expect to find any more
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survivors. 17 is the latest death toll and they are telling us that over 30 people are in hospital. let's show you pictures of the prime minister, who was here earlier today ona minister, who was here earlier today on a private visit, meeting some of the emergency services. and also the labour leaderjeremy corbyn is expected here in the next few minutes. he's going to be paying a visit to the scene of the tragedy. he says there are lots of questions for the authorities to answer. we we re for the authorities to answer. we were hearing a while ago from the emergency services. the commissioner of the london fire brigade said the search could take quite a few weeks. so, we have been present overnight, we have maintained a watching brief. we have extinguished some small pockets of isolated fire. however, you will continue for some time to see small wisps of smoke coming from the building, due to the nature of the contents in the building and some of the areas that are now far more difficult to access.
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the ongoing plan for today is i will have my specialist urban search and rescue teams and advisers, who are working very closely with the local council, and the building surveyors, to come down, to come to a plan as to how we can make the building safe going forward, to allow my firefighters and the police to work closely together to progress through the building, doing a detailed, fingertip search, doing a detailed fingertip search, looking for evidence and looking for identification of people who may have been in the building. obviously, this will be a very slow and painstaking process. this is a large building, there will be a large amount of building work required internally. we call it internal shoring — structures will be to be built structures will need to be built to ensure the floors are safe. before we do that, we are going to utilise some specialist dog training teams that we have in conjunction with the metropolitan police, that will go through the building
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and the surrounding area, looking for any identification of people. they are specially trained dogs and they will be used first of all. the benefit of using those dogs is clearly they are much lighter than people and they can cover a greater area in a very short space of time. so the urban search and rescue dogs will come in first and be followed up by specialist advisers. i anticipate london fire brigade will be on the scene here for many days to come, working with our partners to ensure that we do our best for the people who are waiting for news of their loved ones. thank you. in a statement, the metropolitan police commander stuart cundy confirmed at least 17 people have died and that the fatality figure figure was likely to rise. yesterday was a very difficult day. clearly, it was challenging overnight, particularly for colleagues from fire. and today, as you have heard, the work really starts in earnest, to ensure we are doing appropriate recovery of everybody
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from those premises. sadly, i can confirm that the number of people that have died is now 17. we do believe that that number will increase. for my colleagues within the health service, there are still a number of people receiving treatment in hospital. there are 37 people receiving treatment, of which 17 are still in critical care. like we explained yesterday, our absolute priority for all of us is about identifying and locating those people that are still missing. it would be wrong for me to get into numbers believe are accurate. our casualty bureau number is 0800 0961233. and if you have reported somebody missing and you now know that they are safe and well, please contact that number so we can identify those that we are still trying to find.
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that was the metropolitan police commander. just behind me, where we can see the grenfell tower block. we can see the grenfell tower block. we can show you some live pictures from a little bit closer in and you can see some flames that have started to lea k see some flames that have started to leak out again. there were flames burning late into the night last night, you may have seen in our coverage. then the fire brigade thought they had extinguished all the flames, but some fire still burning inside there. mainly, it's just smoking, but still some flames that the fire brigade have had to deal with. they were telling us earlier on they could be here for weeks. they are doing work to what is left of the stabilise what is left of the building. they are doing internal
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shoring. they are sending in specialist dogs as well, because they are lighter than human beings. jeremy corbyn is about to arrive here. the prime minister has already been here. jeremy corbyn, who has already asked a lot of questions of the authorities and the government, he is coming here as well. let's go to our assistant political editor, norman smith, with the latest fallout from this terrible tragedy. there is a real question building up now for government action and response to this tragedy. we have already heard from labour about the establishment of an enquiry into tower block safety, for it to com plete tower block safety, for it to complete its work by the end of summerand to be complete its work by the end of summer and to be headed up by a senior cabinet minister. there are also demanding that previous recommendations in the week of a similar tragedy in camberwell in 2009, that those immediately implemented. a lot of those
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recommendations were basically shelved. they involve things like installing sprinklers in those tower blocks where residents are most at risk. also suggestions that there should be a review and an upgraded to building regulations, particularly in relation to the cladding, which seems to have been such an issue. and a review to the advice to residents on what to do if fire breaks out, whether to stay or get out. so far, we have had a statement from the prime minister yesterday evening, and today, she was down at glenville tower, where she was shown around by the fire chief and firefighters, given a demonstration of some of the challenges they had faced and the nature of the damage on the scene. i don't think mrs may and met any of the residents or survivors there, and that may be simply due to timing factors, or it may be a slight
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nervousness about some of the anger clearly felt by many of the tenants because of the way they feel their warnings and concerns about fire risks were not taken on board by the te na nt risks were not taken on board by the tenant management organisation or the council, and the general concern that their fears and concerns were ignored. the shadow housing minister john healey said there are a lot of difficult questions that need to be answered. what really needs to happen now is the prime minister needs to show that the government is taking this tragedy seriously and taking this tragedy seriously and taking the fear is that so many other people living in similar blocks will have. labour is calling for a minister to come to the house of commons this afternoon, do a statement session, so that people can have some of their questions and concerns put to ministers. but most importantly, it allows parliament to recognise the scale of this tragedy,
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respect the victims and the concern for so many families who still have members or friends missing. john healey referring to a statement by a minister in parliament. that is going to happen at one o'clock. the fire minister nick hurd will make a statement in the largest committee room, because the chambers is not sitting at the moment. it will be on television, so people will be able to see it and he will face questions about the tragedy and what lessons are learned. one of the interesting dynamics here is how far the government will come under some really difficult questions, because to some extent, mps have been holding back because of the nature of the tragedy. there has been no desire to make political points in the immediate wake of this tragedy, but we heard from jeremy corbyn
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yesterday, and he was already suggesting that he believed resources was an issue, in other words, austerity was an issue because of the impact that a tad on many local authority budgets and the ability to employ sufficient people to inspect fire safety, to monitor building regulations and so on. and similarly, harriet harman, who was the mp who was very involved in the wa ke the mp who was very involved in the wake of the camberwell tragedy in 2009, yesterday, she too was seeing it wasn't a systems failure or do people feel you, it was a money issue. there were simply not the resources to carry out the necessary building work and upgrades and sprinklers. local authority budgets have been cut back and they are not able to invest in a way that the previously cooed. that's jeremy corbyn you
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previously cooed. that'sjeremy corbyn you can see there, visiting the scene. we might be able to hear a little from him, perhaps. it's great the way people have come together to give that support. the local mosque was on to me last night, saying what can we do to help. yes, we've been inundated with help. seek people coming from southall to get help. people have been coming to express their sympathy as well. the tension and stress of people knowing their loved ones are up there. today and tomorrow, when the news starts coming through. the
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churches are going to be here long after the rest of the people have gone. - campaigners. ishmael gone. housing campaigners. ishmael is one of community leaders. the country needs you and the community nature. someone has to be accountable and responsible. they do not want this kicked into the long grass. we do not want the government to hide this. your mp will speak to the community. john healey will speak up for you and i will speak up for all of you, because we have to get to the bottom of this. the truth has got to come out. and it will. good man. god bless you. thanks very
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much. jeremy, can i show you around? that's jeremy corbyn, much. jeremy, can i show you around? that'sjeremy corbyn, the labour party leader. he is accompanied by another senior labour figure, john healey and the newly elected labour mpfor healey and the newly elected labour mp for kensington, who won with the very narrow majority. you probably just heard jeremy corbyn said the truth has got to come out, we have to get to the bottom of this. jeremy corbyn has been saying in the last 24 hours that there has to be a lot of a nswers 24 hours that there has to be a lot of answers the questions that have been raised, not only by the residents of the tower who leaks keep the blaze, but also many other people living around here, who talk about how there were concerns raised many months ago about the refurbishment work and as they saw it, the lack of safety precautions at the block, saying last november
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that it would take something catastrophic for public attention to be brought to the deficiencies of g re nfell tower. be brought to the deficiencies of grenfell tower. let's talk to somebody who is very concerned about one of the missing. natasha green is joining me. tell us who you are worried about all stop i'm worried aboutjessica, my daughter's school friend and a friend we know in the area. she got separated from her mum area. 5h; 931. ggp’grgfgdfrfim figrfmfi the panic, in the early hours of in the panic, in the early hours of the morning. as a mother, she was frantic. she was told she was at hospital. she went to hospital only to find it was the same name but wrong girl. we're just to find it was the same name but wrong girl. we'rejust devastated and so frantically looking for her. so if anyone knows her whereabouts, please tell the correct numbers. and you have that poster printers, you are burning it up on walls and notice boards. we're giving it to anyone and everyone we can think of and get it to the media to get phase
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out there. her motherjust needs to find her daughter. she is 12 years old and a friend of your daughter. yes, a friend of my daughter, who has been looking and getting the word out on social media, just trying to help and give any news and information that we can. there are so information that we can. there are so many people in the same position as you, worried about other people who are still missing, we just don't know what has happened to them. yes, the panic, and the smoke, i could see the smoke from my window. and i'm not as close, but the thickness of the smoke is enough to engulf anyone's vision, and everyonejust got separated from their loved ones. it's just a frantic search that you cannot believe in this day and age is still happening. and we are angry, i'm not going to live. this could have been prevented. lights
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have been lost and they didn't need to be lost. this is really unfair. it shouldn't have happened. it is 2017. its notting hill. and it's devastating. why do you feel it did happen? because people cut corners. they cut corners, they were told, and they didn't do anything. because they're not going to listen to residents, because they're not a certain class and they don't have any money, and they were ignored. and this is a devastating result. people had to lose lives so they would listen. not fair. there is anger here and grief and anxiety. it is also extraordinary generosity, people giving so much. we emptied out the supermarkets yesterday. we did three of four trips. yvon supermarkets and asked them to donate stuff, which they claim the dead. the residents and the locals,
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even people coming from different areas, a woman came from croydon with her child to donate stuff. so grateful. the community spirit has been outstanding. the unity of people is just amazing. been outstanding. the unity of people isjust amazing. natasha, thank you so much. i know you're going to continue looking for a jessica. in terms of the casualties, let's talk about them. the latest update is 37 people are still in hospital, 17 in critical care. they we re hospital, 17 in critical care. they were taken to several london hospitals and we will go to one of them now. here at st mary's hospital, a major trauma centre and the closest to where this happened. they are currently treating 11 patients. three of them are in critical care. from what we understand from the medical director, one of the things it will be looking out for is people with
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problems associated with smoke inhalation, because that can irritate the lungs and air pipes and make it difficult to breathe. doctors will be looking out for anyone severely affected, and if they are worried, people have put people into a medically induced coma and given them an artificial way to breathe until the lungs recover. it also looking out for signs of cyanide poisoning, because home furnishings that burn in an enclosed space, that can give off cyanide poisoning. they have the antidote here and at all the major centres in london. and it will be looking out for carbon monoxide poisoning. as a major trauma centre, they will be used to treating this kind of casualty, but this is the third major incident injust casualty, but this is the third major incident in just three months. we have also seen desperate families turning up at the doors looking for their loved ones. they are going to all the hospitals and being told they are not on the list. we also
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heard from one who is visiting a 12—year—old in critical care and we heard from one with good news. a lady who turned up and found her relative year. she is in a critical condition, but she is so happy that she is alive. and of course, we will be seeing this picture across the five london hospitals still treating patients from this tragedy today. thank you very much indeed. ijust wa nt to thank you very much indeed. ijust want to bring in somebody else who lives close to here. when the fire broke out, what happens?” lives close to here. when the fire broke out, what happens? i was in my bedroom and i thought the fire engulfing the top floor, looked like from the 15th floor to the 17th floor. something is melting and just keep dropping. i said that my friend lived there. i picked up my phone andi lived there. i picked up my phone and i was recording the video. i
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said, if you're building is on fire. you need to get out as soon as possible. he said, my building? he opened the door and said the building start smoking. i said to him, if you need to get your wife and kids and get out. he said, i'll call you after ten minutes. i called him and he said they were getting ready. i told the smoke was horrendous. he said he opened the door and he couldn't see anything. i told i was coming. i took my car and went to the building, i drove there, i took water. i took the water from a carand a i took water. i took the water from a car and a police officer said i was not allowed to go there. i was waiting outside and i said, my family is on the top floor and i wa nt to family is on the top floor and i want to help them. the police officer said i could not. this guy comes out from their and then ijust
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started dragging this old lady and put her under the tree. and then the quy put her under the tree. and then the guy comes out and says, thank you. he said my dad is upstairs, please, i need help. isaid, i can't he said my dad is upstairs, please, i need help. i said, i can't even go there. and i turn around and this lady she comes up and a little boy who was three years old, she just gave him to me and said, watch she said people my son. i lost my other one upstairs and she went there. the little boy, i give him water. i said, don't worry, i'm here. then the lady, she went up and they wouldn't allow her end and then she came back and she went crazy. the husband comes up and i said, i will hold the baby, don't worry. they couldn't find him. and they come backin
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couldn't find him. and they come back in the dad said to me, but the little boy didn't want to go back. he kept holding me, i think he was feeling safe. i said, i will hold two. the little boy was crying. and i brought people water and washed herface. and at i brought people water and washed her face. and at quarter to three, i called a friend of mine on the 21st floor and said, what are you doing now. he said, my kitchen is burning now. he said, my kitchen is burning now. i don't know what to do. he said, my kitchen has caught on fire. he said to me to tell the air ambulance. i told them, they said they can't do anything, they're just helpless. hopefully, he made it, and
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i've been searching since half past one in the morning. just tell us his name. i think we have a picture of him, afamily name. i think we have a picture of him, a family photograph. he's on the right there in the photograph. tell us his name will stop his name is hashim, and he has three kids and a wife. we don't know where he is. maybe he's a hospital or something like that, we don't even know. you're looking for him. we've been looking all over the place and nothing comes up. ididn't i didn't even have time to ask the little boy's name. i asked for news, they said no. we are looking for him
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now. you've obviously been through a desperate time. and when you look at that, what is left of brain cell tower behind us, there is a lot of anger here about how the blaze destroyed a whole tower block so quickly. i said to hashim, you should take a towel and get water and give it to the kid. he said, there is no water. there was no water on the 22nd floor. he said there was no water in the building at all, it has been shut down. and that was on the top floor. there was no water for them to try and fight the fire? yes, i said to him take water and put it on a towel and give it to the kids. but he said, there is no water. what are you going to do now? are you going to keep looking? keep searching, never up.
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this family, they just looking? keep searching, never up. this family, theyjust keep calling me, i don't know what to tell them. because i couldn't get hold of him. we're waiting. thank you for being with us. i know it's incredibly distressing. thank you. we're going to pause now briefly and take a look at the latest weather prospects. we will all notice things are turning pressure, with sunshine and a few showers. this line of cloud is moving eastwards, it might bring the odd spot of rain with that. not quite as warm as it was yesterday in
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the south—east, but sold 24 degrees or so. the south—east, but sold 24 degrees or so. this evening, still some showers in the northern half of the uk. further south, we have clear skies and lighter winds. by dawn friday, it is not quite as warm as it was this morning, but still, a fairly mild light. then through friday, a north—south split. most of the green lobby in the western side of scotland, the best of the sunshine further south. quite a warm day widely. this is bbc newsroom live. the headlines. 17 people have now been confirmed dead — and that number is expected to rise — following the west london tower block fire. 37 people are receiving treatment — 17 of whom are in a critical condition. emergency services say they do not expect to find any survivors. structures will need to be built to
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insure the floors are safe. before we do that we will utilise a specialist dog training team we have in conjunction with the metropolitan police which will go through the building and surrounding area, looking for any identification or people. the desperate search for dozens of missing friends and relatives continues. the prime minister theresa may has been meeting emergency services and frontline staff at grenfell tower. labour leaderjeremy corbyn has also visited residents. he says the truth has got to come out and will come out. in other news, prince harry has met traders and restaurant owners at borough market, who were caught up in the recent terrorist attack. a soldier from the royal tank regiment has died and three others have been wounded after an incident at castlemartin ranges in pembrokeshire, the ministry of defence says. we will go back to ben at grenfell
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tower. very distressing hairstyle, 24 hours on. people are crying all around me as they desperately search for friends around me as they desperately search forfriends and around me as they desperately search for friends and relatives who are still missing and still unaccounted for. the emergency services have said the death toll will rise, officially it stands at 17 at the moment but they warn it will go up. 37 people are being treated in different hospitals and 17 in critical care. the prime minister was here earlier today, meeting some of the emergency services who have been dealing with the tragedy. we have also had a visit from the
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labour leader, jeremy corbyn in the last few minutes. he went to g re nfell tower last few minutes. he went to grenfell tower and saint clements church which has been turned into one of the emergency centres where people have been collecting donated blankets, food and water and so on. our correspondent richard galpin is at the wall of condolence. this is a wall where people have left messages for those believed to have died or been injured in this disaster. some quite angry messages as well, people want answers as to how this could have happened? absolutely. if we look at this wall, the wall of condolence and remembrance, it is getting bigger by the hour, more people leaving messages, especially for those who have been killed but also for those who are missing. as you can see, one
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central message, pray for our community. a lot has been written about the solidarity of the community, people coming together to help as much as possible. a number of people coming here, a constant flow and it is getting bigger and bigger and it is a very emotional place. there are flowers laid out in memory of those who have been killed. we can speak to someone who has just left a message. killed. we can speak to someone who hasjust left a message. it killed. we can speak to someone who has just left a message. it is tracy. you have come here partly because friends, people you know who are missing from the tower block. you have just left a are missing from the tower block. you havejust left a message. what does it feel like for you coming here and now? it is really heartbreaking. we have brought clothes and offer to help, make food. i can't imagine what the
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families are going through because i have children myself. that is one girl missing who is the same age as my son. it is heart—wrenching. my heart goes out to them. i have never been a sad situation like this. heart goes out to them. i have never been a sad situation like thism must be difficult, your friends know people who are still missing, the search could go on a long time. people who are still missing, the search could go on a long timem is the french —— the father—in—law of my friends. i really feel for him. i pray tojesus he is found safe and well and i hope everyone who is missing, they find them. there has been no word about where he might be? i think there has been a few accusations and rumours but i do not think they have heard anything yet. you are volunteering yourself? definitely, 10096. i am willing to do anything to help, cooking, talking to people and helping them, lending a shoulder to
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cry on, i will do anything which i can possibly do to help whether that means staying all night. what is your sense of their community spirit here? iam your sense of their community spirit here? i am very struck by huge amounts of food, water, clothes and blankets. it is unbelievable how the communities have come together, they have come from all over the country to help. everybody is donating lots of stuff. there is a sense of so much love and peace even know there isa much love and peace even know there is a tragedy going on, everyone is just getting together, you can feel the warmth. normal london people, down to earth people, whether rich or poor, every nationality, they have all come together and that is showing their love and respect. thank you very much. i hope you're missing person is found. that is a
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story coming from many people. there area story coming from many people. there are a lot of people missing and as we heard from the fire brigade, it will take a long time before they can search the whole of the building. it is dangerous, too dangerous for investigators to go in at the moment. they need to work out if this —— if it is safe enough for them to go inside and they are talking about doing extra building within the tower block to make it sta ble within the tower block to make it stable before firefighters can go in and try and find the remains of people who have —— who have been believed to be killed inside the tower block. thank you very much. we shall show you some pictures no of jeremy corbyn who has been visiting the scene, as was the prime minister earlier on. —— pictures now. he went toa earlier on. —— pictures now. he went to a church nearby which is being used as an emergency centre. he met community leaders and volunteers. lots of goods have been donated by
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the members of the public, blankets, food, toys for children, anything to help those made homeless by the disaster. he said we have to get to the bottom of this, the truth has got to come out. jeremy corbyn asking tough questions of the government and the authorities about how this disaster could happen. how a tower block in 2017 could go up in fla mes a tower block in 2017 could go up in flames so quickly and with such deadly effect. asking the same questions is the local councillor. earlier i spoke to robert atkinson — who's the councillor for the notting dale ward — where the tower sits. i have seen my residents traumatised and deeply upset but as you say, they are increasingly angry, wanting answers to questions, questions which have been raised in the past and not responded to. the priorities need to be to feed and
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house people. the local authority has a duty to house people and that is a big task, 125 families. but we have money in kensington and chelsea and need to do something with that but that does not mean we can get away with not answering questions. this week we find out, we take care of the injured and the dead and we house people. next week we answer the questions as to how this could possibly happen. to address the housing question, is it your understanding that the people who have been made homeless have been given accommodation? i was told anyone from the block who wanted accommodation last night were put up at a hotel and that would carry on, which is the least we should do but we do not want people living in hotel accommodation for months on end. i do not underestimate the scale of the problem. one of the reasons why that tower block was refurbished with the residents
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inside was because we could not find homes for 125 families in the immediate area and now we will have to do so. if that means spending a lot of money, we need to do that. we need to cooperate with other local authorities, i understand hammersmith has offered facilities with their own temporary accommodation bureau. it is good to hear that other authorities are offering support and we need to grab it with both hands and give people a decent chance to get their lives into some sort of order. in terms of answering questions, do you want to full government inquiry? what sort of investigation should be taken into this? there are obvious implications for thousands of other tower blocks, notjust in london but in the united kingdom. we are urged not to leap to conclusions and
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i will be interested to here what the fire authorities have to say but the simple sight of how that block went up as an inferno, it is pretty easy to work out there was a problem with the cladding and harriet harman is insistent that something similar happened in southwark and she is demanding to know why the report that was commissioned and published was not acted upon either by central government or by local authorities. that is a very pressing matter. i want a full public inquiry, the problem inquiry takes a long time. i don't want my residents to have to ask and wait for years for a response. as you say, there are people living in similar blocks around the country. they cannot wait for years and years either. thatwass robert atkinson, the ward councillor for this area of
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kensington and chelsea were grenfell tower is, let us talk to a member of the residents association. that is correct. we have been working closely with the grenfell action group who have helped us tremendously in our opposition to the local council plans to demolish our entire estate. i am afraid this tragedy seems to be another indication of the council's really casual and roughshod attitude to the people of north kensington. they consider us the little people who don't matter. this has been a terrible, avoidable tragedy. i was just with jeremy corbyn when terrible, avoidable tragedy. i was just withjeremy corbyn when he was saying he wanted to see accountability. that is what the people here feel. we still don't
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quite know who we will be grieving for, it will be a long drawn—out process for that. but there is also simmering anger here because this did not have to happen. the council have first of all, there are huge issues about the design of the building. about the cost, whether they picked the right materials and even since the tragedy, their performance has been at this mill. there was no one here with clipboards and walkie—talkies to coordinate the survivals. there were a perishable goods rotting in their community centres because the council cannot organise anyone to decide where the goal. at the third recount on friday night, to save their majority at the town hall, they could find 200 people at the drop ofa they could find 200 people at the drop of a hat. -- decide where they should go. what about the other
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tower blocks, are people worried? do they have safety people obviously have themselves? people obviously have concerns. the other four tower blocks are not clad. this tower blocks are not clad. this tower block was clad in that plastic in an attempt to make it look less like social housing. it was a vanity project and we would attribute that particularly to the deputy leader of the council. do you believe it was the council. do you believe it was the cladding which was the reason for their fire the cladding which was the reason for theirfire spreading the cladding which was the reason for their fire spreading so quickly? i woke for their fire spreading so quickly? iwoke up for their fire spreading so quickly? i woke up at 1:15am and so it from my bedroom building, —— bedroom window, it looms in front of my house. the way that clouding went up, they were obviously chimney shafts beneath the cladding, they enabled it to shoot up like a well—prepared guy enabled it to shoot up like a well—prepa red guy fawkes enabled it to shoot up like a well—prepared guy fawkes bonfire. that showed it was not fit for birthers, and ill thought out design
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and ill executed building. —— fit for purpose. you want answers, do you want an official inquiry? that could take years or do you want a quick inquiry? first of all it will ta ke quick inquiry? first of all it will take awhile to go through that building and respectfully find out who's in there. we believe that although there is a whole chain of organisations who have been subcontracted in an attempt at plausible deniability, we believe the people at the talk should stand up the people at the talk should stand up and take responsibility at the council. because a lot of people have died on the watch of leader nick paget brown and the deputy leader. where are they? there is no one here even today from the council with walkie—talkies and clipboards. there is no evidence at all that
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anybody in the council is directly responsible for what happened here, we have to be clear about that. the council leader has been here, we have been talking to him soon after it started. one final point, we have seen a it started. one final point, we have seen a lot of anger, and from you as well, but we have seen a lot of amazing generosity and capacity in this borough. yes, above and beyond. i have been at a number of the i was saint clementsjust no i have been at a number of the i was saint clements just no mac. i have been at a number of the i was saint clementsjust no mac. i have been to the christian centre and westway centre. —— just now. the flooding in of goods is unbelievable but once again there is no one quarter needing it, it is being done by us as citizens and not our rulers. thank you very much for joining us. earlier i spoke to hashem al—haj — who's brother is missing from the fire. he was trying to escape down a
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staircase with friends. letters from him. we went to the building yesterday. let us here from him. there were places for people to sit. we put muhammad's name there but until now no one told us anything about him. we told the police. we told them about his body features but still no information about him until this morning we saw a picture of his dead body on social media, which was frustrating and yes, so we thought the picture on social media and the police did not know anything about it. this picture should not have been released on social media. the police say they cannot tell us anything about mohammed until they get enough information so they asked us about his doctor, his dentist, lots of information because they
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wa nt to lots of information because they want to match the dna or i do not know, they have their own criteria. but we believe we saw muhammad's dead body on social media. until now, we do not know where he is.“ it your understanding that he was trying to escape from the fire with another man, i think a friend of his? omar and mohammed were living in the house together, but there was so in the house together, but there was so much smoke they could not see each other. omar got down the stairs. he called mohammed who was saying, why did you leave me alone. owners said why did you not come with me? mohammed said he could not because there was so much smoke. omar has some breathing problems, he could not speak. i was talking to him for nearly one hour. just before
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that omar told mohammed to go down the steers, to do as much as he could to go down the steers but mohammed said the door was locked. so mohammed could not go out and he returned to the flat. i was talking to him for one hour, there was to children and a lady in the flat. there was so much smoke. i told him to put a wet towel on his face, move onto the floor, do not stand tall because you will breathe in so much smoke. he was doing his best but he was saying he could not do it any more. he was speaking slower and slower. until he said the fire broke into the flat. that was the last timei into the flat. that was the last time i talk to them. i do not know what happened to his phone, i could here cracking. i do not know what it
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was but i could not speak to him anymore. that was the last time i spoke to him, it was around 430 in the morning. i want to talk node to steve devine. .. he the morning. i want to talk node to steve devine... he knows a lot about buildings and fire regulations of this kind. steve, what are your thoughts, 24—hour us after this disaster and what needs to be investigated? i am sure that the investigations that the fire service carry out will start at time—out results quickly. about how it spread so results quickly. about how it spread so quickly from one part of the building to another. my thoughts are there have been feeling somewhere but is difficult to speculate what that was. in my area in particular it is about regulations. there are requirements within the regulations about people carrying out electrical installations to make sure the
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replaced fire barriers between compartments. that is where the it communities are involved, looking at these situations, how to reduce the spread of fire from one room to another, especially buildings like this one. that obviously did not happen, the fire was not contained, it spread rapidly. that is incredibly unusual? it is unusual you, yes. it could be the result of a number of factors, the electrical barriers, is only one of the measures which are demanded by british standards to retain fire and stop the spread of fire. that is a lot of talk about cladding which could be —— and it could be a result of this new cladding which acted as a chimney really, the gap between their concrete original exterior of their concrete original exterior of the building and then this cladding? this again will come out through the
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fire investigations. with most things in britain, there is a minimum requirement for materials that are used and the installation of those materials. to say it was directly a fault of the cladding, will soon come to light but it is difficult to speculate at this time. we would hope and expect that all installations on a building like this met the requirements. thank you very much. steve devine from the institution of engineering and technology. we were hearing early on from the london fire brigade, their commissioner who was talking to reporters here, saying it could take weeks before the fire brigade have finished their work and what is left in grenfell tower. we have been present overnight, we
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have extinguish small pockets of fire but you will continue to see some fire coming from the building due to the nature of the building and other areas which are difficult to access. i have my specialist urban search and rescue team today who are working closely with the local council and the building surveyors to come down and plan as to how we can make the building safe going forward, to allow my firefighters and the place to work closely together to progress through the building doing a detailed fingertip search, looking for evidence and looking for identification of people who may have been in the building. obviously this will be a very slow and painstaking process. this is a large building, there will be a large amount of building work required internally. we that internal show ring were structures will need to be built to ensure the building is safe. before we do that, we will
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utilise specialist training teams we have in conjunction with the metropolitan police that will go to the building in the surrounding area, looking for identification or people. they are specially trained dogs and be used first of all. they are much lighter than people and can cover a greater area in a short space of time. the urban search and rescue dogs will come in first and we follow that by specialist advisor. i anticipate london fire brigade will be on the scenes here for many days to come, working with our partners to ensure we are doing their best but the people who are waiting for news of their loved you. that is da ny waiting for news of their loved you. that is dany cotton of the london fire brigade. we also heard from their london police commander who said the death toll had risen to 17. yesterday was a very challenging day
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and today as you heard, the word really starts in earnest as we do the proper recovery of everybody from those premises. sadly i can confirm that the number of people who died is now 17. we do believe that that number will possibly increase. from our colleagues in the health service, there is still a number of people receiving treatment in hospital. there are 37 people receiving treatment of which 17 are still in critical care. as we explained yesterday, our absolute priority for all of us is about identifying and locating those people still missing. it would be wrong for me to get into numbers but —— buti wrong for me to get into numbers but —— but i do not believe are accurate. our casualty bureau number is... if you have reported somebody
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missing and you know who might know they are safe and well, please contact that number so you can identify those were still trying to find. —— and you now know that they are safe and well. commander stuart cundy of the metropolitan police, just talking about those who are still unaccounted for. we have been talking to a lot of distressed relatives who are searching for friends and loved ones. there are still a lot of tears here in the area around grenfell tower. the latest death toll is 17 but they very much expect that to rise, from the police. the casualties are in the police. the casualties are in the six different hospitals. 37 are still in hospital at the moment and 17 of those are currently in critical care at st mary's, chelsea
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and westminster and other hospitals, suffering a variety of injuries, burns and smoke inhalation. the prime minister was here earlier and met some of the emergency services who have been dealing with this tragedy. so to the labour party leader, jeremy corbyn, who was at g re nfell tower leader, jeremy corbyn, who was at grenfell tower and a nearby church which is being used as an emergency centre. he said there have to be a nswe rs centre. he said there have to be answers and the truth has to come out. it cannot be kicked into the long grass. he says the authorities and the government have to come up with answers and he wants a inquiry tape deliver those answers soon. first the weather. good afternoon. i have some sunshine for many parts of the uk this afternoon. sunshine and patchy cloud as well. pressure through the day today. good spells of sunshine, but
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also showers. the fresh air is coming in behind this line of cloud. it isa coming in behind this line of cloud. it is a cold front but there is little rain on it, it will bring some showers, mainly in the north—west of the uk. this cloud is moving eastwards, taking the odd spot of rain with it. temperatures around 17 or 18 in the south—west with spells of sunshine. cloud moving through the south—east. one or two spots of rain. temperatures down on yesterday but remaining warm this afternoon. further north, a spot of rain, one or two showers in scotland. central and west regions will have frequent showers. 14 or 15 degrees in glasgow. similar temperatures in northern ireland. a scattering of showers also. the wind is lighter as you move into wales.
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fine and dry into the afternoon and into the evening. as you showers in western scotland. the odd spot of rain buta western scotland. the odd spot of rain but a lot of dry weather. not as warm as was last night but temperatures in double figures, 12 or 13 degrees will be typical for the start of friday. a bit of a breeze in the north—west but the further south, a decent day, good spells of sunshine, lighter winds and feeling pleasantly warm. temperatures in the upper teens and possibly the early 20s. readily into some “— possibly the early 20s. readily into some —— saturday, this area of high pressure will control our weather. there will be a bit of a breeze in the north—west, some outbreaks of rain. patchy cloud further south. words will be widespread on saturday. lowest temperatures in aberdeenshire, other temperatures in the south—east. hot on sunday. quite
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a hot one for many, going beyond 30 celsius in the south east corner. the london tower block fire. the death toll has risen to 17, but police are warning it's expected to rise. many people are still missing. the building is still smouldering, 36 hours after the devastating blaze took hold. firefighters who have reached the top floors say there is no hope of finding anyone else alive. my fire fighters were desperate to get in there and desperate to rescue people and we committed crew after crew into a very dangerous, very hot and very difficult situation. up to 600 people lived here. specialist teams are now trying to make the tower safe so they can search for the missing. the faces of some of the many who are still unaccounted for, young and old, many of them trapped
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