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the number of people known to have died in the grenfell tower fire has risen to at least 30 — police say they believe the final total will be higher. the queen and prince william have been visiting here this morning — they went to a relief centre to meet survivors and rescuers. the faces of some of the many who are still unaccounted for — young and old — many of them had been trapped on the upper floors of the building. an investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze — but there's growing frusatration here about the lack of answers. and the other stories in the news this lunchtime: a second soldier has died following the incident involving a tank at an army firing range in pembrokeshire. security officials tell the bbc that hackers in north korea carried out the cyber attack which crippled large parts of the nhs last month. and the british and irish lions prepare for their biggest test yet down under — can they roar against the all blacks in new zealand? and coming up in the
sport on bbc news: the sternest test yet for the lions — they take on the maori all blacks tomorrow, as warren gatland calls for reinforcements to his squad. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the number of people known to have died in the grenfell tower fire has risen to at least 30, and police say they believe the final total will be higher. this morning the queen and prince william visited the scene this morning — they went to a relief centre which has been helping victims of the grenfell tower fire.
they spent time speaking to local residents, volunteers and members of the emergency services. also this morning theresa may has been to chelsea and westminster hospital to visit the injured there. richard lister has our first report — and a warning that it contains distressing images. the queen came today to join a community in learning. mourning. many said they felt betrayed before and after this tragedy. at times the pain was overwhelming. in the background the queen could hear a woman clearly overcome with grief. prince william describes the fire is one of the most terrifying things he'd ever seen, and he praised those who had to respond to it. a brilliantjob... who had to respond to it. a brilliant job. .. stung perhaps who had to respond to it. a brilliant job... stung perhaps by criticism she didn't meet survivors yesterday, the prime minister was at
chelsea and westminster hospital to meet some of those injured. while it could take weeks to get a final figure, the confirmed number of dead continues to rise. sadly, as i said before, we always knew the number of those that died with increased, and iam able those that died with increased, and i am able to say at this point in time —— would increase. we know that at least 30 people have died as a result of this fire. sadly, and tragically, that includes one person who was taken to hospital, and despite the very best medical care from the nhs, has no sadly died. this is the flat that i live in... sajar watch the fire destroyed his home that night and is now among those wondering what the future holds. the council is paying for him and other grenfell tower residents to live in nearby hotels. their food
is being paid for as well, but this is being paid for as well, but this is not home. he still has the keys to his old flat and no idea about what went wrong that night. facey stay in your building. is that true? when there is a fire, should you stay in? people stayed home and people died. i saw with my own eyes people died. i saw with my own eyes peoplejumping people died. i saw with my own eyes people jumping out, because people died. i saw with my own eyes peoplejumping out, because they people died. i saw with my own eyes people jumping out, because they had read that sign and they thought they we re read that sign and they thought they were safe if they stayed. the only chance they had was to jump out. that is one of the factors to be considered by the public inquiry into this disaster. there are many questions, most urgently about the cladding on this building. getting all the answers will take months at the very least but the government is scrambling to ensure millions of other high—rise residents that their homes are safe. the community support has been almost overwhelming. refuge centres say they no longer need donations of food and clothes. what is really
needed for new homes for the hundreds of survivors. the council says finding them temporary accommodation has been hard. finding permanent homes will be even harder. what we are committed to doing is making sure every household from grenfell tower tower ca n every household from grenfell tower tower can find a permanent new home in the local area, but because of the shortage of housing in london, but in particular in this borough, that will take some time. we could be talking about a couple of years while we get to that end point where every household is back in a permanent new home in the borough. but the trauma of this event will last long beyond the need to find new homes. this has been life changing for all those affected, survivors and also the emergency teams. the conversations i have had, you know, one colleague said he was going in there are literally having to choose who to save and who to leave to die because, you know, you only have two hands and can only take out so many people. my colleagues who went in, to people out, went in again, to
people out, the scenes they would have encountered in the early hours of tuesday morning, it is absolutely unimaginable. as the days pass the need for answers is becoming even stronger and the grief, it seems, is just as raw. well, there are still a lot of people who are unaccounted for. heartbreaking stories of last phone calls and messages from people who were trapped their homes. sophie hutchinson reports on the desperate search for the missing — and again viewers may find this distressing. 0utside outside a local church, people have come to honour the injured and the dead. the number of flowers, candles and toys has been growing, as the extent of this tragedy emerges. the official death toll is now 30, but no one is in any doubt that actual figure will be far higher. mohammed al—haj ali, a syrian refugee, the
only victim to have been officially named. his friend paid tribute to him. he was a kind man, he was full of passion for his family. he was a great individual. he came here looking for safety. they wanted to do his degree in civil engineering, and once i asked him, why are you studying civil engineering? why don't you study it so i can find you ajob? he said, because i don't you study it so i can find you a job? he said, because i want to go back to syria when the war is over and help rebuild the country. he said, they will need us. this is the kind of person he was. these are some of the faces of those who are missing. the bbc believes as many as 76 people are unaccounted for. these siblings lived on the 20th floor with their parents and little brother, and all are missing. zainab lived on the 14th floor with her two—year—old son. she called her brother and said she had been told
to stay in her flat. eventually the phone cut out. local residents are still reeling from what happened. just thinking of the people who died, the babies, the children, the families, the mothers, the grandfathers and grandmothers, all oui’ grandfathers and grandmothers, all our minds are with them today. 24 people who were injured in the blaze are still being treated in hospital. 12 hour in a critical condition. today police said they didn't expect to find any more survivors. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. there has been a lot of focus on the new exterior cladding that was put on this 19705 tower block just last year as part of a £10 million refurbishment. but there are still many questions outstanding for the local authority, builders, and subcontractors, as well as the company that managed the tower. simon gompertz reports on the investigations that will take place into the causes of the fire. there are still so much unclear,
evidence perhaps destroyed in the fire, which is no subject to what is bound to be a lengthy investigation and public inquiry, but some worrying claims are emerging. firstly, that the sort of cladding that may have been used at grenfell tower, the polyethylene inside it not being fireproof enough, is banned in high—rise buildings in other countries included the united states. polyethylene as a material is used as the core of certain composite panels and it does have the ability to burn. having said that, the panels on this building, we don't yet know precisely what the make—up was. if they include an element of polyethylene, that could be acceptable if the other materials going with it are noncombustible. be acceptable if the other materials going with it are noncombustiblem is common among refurbishments of older tower blocks to attach a layer of foa m older tower blocks to attach a layer of foam insulation, leave a gap, then have a cladding likely to consist of aluminium outer layers and filling that could be plastic,
the standard version, or a fire resista nt the standard version, or a fire resistant material. there is concern g re nfell tower resistant material. there is concern grenfell tower had the standard cladding likely to be around £2 cheaper per panel. it is alleged today fire resistant panels would have cost just today fire resistant panels would have costjust £5,000 more overall. now other buildings have to be assessed. the first point is to identify those buildings. about 4000 high—rise buildings in the country, but not of them have been very clouded, but let's not make the assumption it is all about cladding. we need to be led by the experts. as soon as we have more information from the experts, which we expect a day or over the weekend, i think thatis day or over the weekend, i think that is what should be used for these emergency inspections. the six towers in london estate just a these emergency inspections. the six towers in london estatejust a mile from the fire so the challenge now faced by councils up and down the country. you can see the cladding that has put on here recently, as in so that has put on here recently, as in so many buildings around the country. the local authorities say they complied with safety regulations and there is no reason
to suppose it is exactly the same material as at grenfell tower, however it does come from the same supplier and now urgent checks have been ordered into the cladding itself, and the way it is being installed. i have a lot of cousins here living in this building, and over there as well, people in both the properties. and if they have done that in a similar way they should do something about it.|j done that in a similar way they should do something about it. i know some people who actually went to the housing that live in these towers, and they have told the housing that they do not want to live here any more. and that is very stressful for the housing as well. everyone is very upset, scared. families are scared. even young kids are scared. the aim must be notjust to find out why this happened, but to make sure it can never happen again, and allay the growing fears of people living in tower blocks. simon gompertz, bbc news. the response from the community here continues to be extraordinary.
some of the centres and sports halls that have been used as temporary shelters have received so many donations they've had to turn supplies away. yet as many people continue to search for loved ones, the mood has turned to anger at the failings that have led to this tragedy. tom burridge reports. the messages keep coming. love, support. people here want action and a nswe i’s. support. people here want action and answers. you've got to trust in the local services and public confidence, and that is a huge thing to do... for them to rebuild that confidence, i feel they have to be held accountable. her friend and a video live on facebook as she >> anchor—2—mac: young children were trapped on the top floor. —— this as
she and her two young children were trapped on the top floor. how did you feel about her being trapped in her apartment? it was the wrong advice given to her. she said, ok, i'm not going to move, and all of a sudden at the end of the video, she said, they are telling us to get off. how are we going to get off from this top floor. she was a bit confused, to be honest. very confused, to be honest. very confused about what she had to do. do you think she could have got out? i think so. this morning volunteers still organising the huge quantity of things people have donated, to help those who survived. everybody wa nts a nswers. help those who survived. everybody wants answers. everybody‘s feeling upset and angry. little babies have lost their parents. sad, feeling very sad. i'm a local resident and i just felt i had to come and help out. you wanted to do something? to do something and help. they need a lot of help. it isjust so
upsetting. yes, there is unity and, yes, this incredible response from the community here, but as people learn more about how this tragedy unfolded, there is more anger. some are angry that on her visit yesterday the prime minister did not meet with local residents. theresa may is awful, she shouldn't be prime minister, because at the end of the day, you came down here, you didn't speak to people, survivors, the local community. you didn't care about the people, but you want us to let you read us. -- lead us. this community has shown itself to be incredibly strong but everyone here is asking how this could happen. this has become a focal point, the wall of condolences, people can pay tribute. heartbreaking reading some of the messages here, you can see these missing posters all around this area, not just these missing posters all around
this area, notjust the wall here, a large amount of flowers and a sombre mood here, you can see people are coming all throughout this morning to write a message, leave flowers. young jessica, 12 years old, i have spoken to a family friend this morning, when i spoke to them, they still had no information about where she was. messages of support, m essa 9 es she was. messages of support, messages in other languages, reflecting the diverse community. comparing the sense of helplessness, the people trapped inside the tower block to those on board the titanic, message here. there is a lot of love, there is people saying, never give up, there is growing sense and pressure on the government, locally and nationally, that they want a nswe i’s and nationally, that they want answers quickly and properly. we believe that local residents will march towards the local authority, the town hall map later this afternoon. 0ne the town hall map later this afternoon. one word, if you come down... —— the town hall, later this afternoon. 0ne
down... —— the town hall, later this afternoon. one word, in among all the love, there are messages of recrimination, that people need to be held to account, and there is just one word here, which sums up a lot of messages we have been receiving. tom, many thanks. within the last hour, the prime minister has visited some of the victims of the fire in hospital. meanwhile, the government has promised it will do "whatever is required" to ensure people living in tower blocks are safe. 0ur political correspondent chris mason is at westminster. chris, we heard a little earlier from local people expressing a lot of anger at theresa may. she is under a lot of pressure. she is, and i think there is a striking response this morning with the prime minister's visit to the hospital in the last hour, to meet some of those recovering after the fire this afternoon she will chair a committee meeting in whitehall, involving senior ministers, as she spearheads
the government responds to this. i think there was a keen awareness of the criticism that had come the weight of the prime minister, as we heard reflected a couple of minutes ago, her decision not to meet local people in the visit she made yesterday. a clear desire from downing street to emphasise that the prime minister in particular and the government in general is doing all that it can. we have seen the leader of the commons, angela ledson, pay a visit, face questions from local people. —— andrea leadsom. and sajid javid. community secretary. strikingly he has said repeatedly that the government will do all it can and cost is not an issue. local authorities and fire authorities across the country are examining buildings in their area to see what may need to be done, and particularly, in their area, the is sticky and financially, there is a huge issue if some buildings are deemed not to be safe. as we have heard, some people fearing they do not want to stay in those tower
blocks. we also know, with the public enquiry missed, judge lead, that this whole issue of housing, its safety, how much money has been spent, a question that steps back and whole generation in terms of little responsibility. this whole issue will remain politically salient for months, if not years to come now. this is the end of a week of tragedy and trauma here in west london. we have seen authorities at every level racing for answers, and local people desperate for action. this is a week that people will never forget. as we reflect on what has happened, there isa reflect on what has happened, there is a feeling of real turbulence here, and a desire forjustice. jane, for the time being, back to you. the top story this lunchtime:
the number of people known to have died in the grenfell tower fire has risen to at least 30. police say they believe the final total will be higher. the queen and prince william have been visiting a relief centre this morning to meet survivors and rescuers. coming up in sport, successful start to the summer tour, wales beat tonga, 24—6. the rest of today's news now. a second soldier has died after being wounded in an incident involving a tank at an army firing range in pembrokeshire. two other soldiers were injured at castlemartin ranges on wednesday afternoon. sian lloyd reports. voiceover: flags lowered to
half—mast at castlemartin as a mark of respect for the two soldiers died, two others were seriously injured during a training exercise carried out here by the wiltshire —based royal tank regiment on wednesday. inevitably, because they are trying to get as close as possible to the real experience of testing and firing their weaponry, there is a danger element, a risk element attached to that. this serves to remind us that, as i say, these guys put themselves in this position on our behalf on a daily basis. the castlemartin ranges is one of two training areas in the uk used for tank training, where a live firing exercises can take place. it is understood this incident involved ammunition. what happened here is being investigated by the ministry of defence together with death if powys police and the health and safety executive, for the moment, tank live firing at castlemartin has been suspended as a precaution. the ministry of defence
has not yet released any information about those who were killed or injured here. one soldier died in hospital, his family by his bedside, they have asked for privacy before any details are made known. —— dyfed ? powys police. studio: it's appears this lunchtime that britain has accepted the eu's demand that brexit talks should agree citizens rights and a financial settlement before moving on to a future trade deal. the latest from europe correspondent, damien cler matt decourcey, in luxembourg. what more can you tell us. —— damian grammaticas is in luxembourg. .we . we have a clear understanding of what will happen next week when brexit talks begin. 0ne face—to—face negotiations between david davis and michel barnier, we have then been told by a source at the is that the subsequent pattern is going to
follow what they believe what the eu has set out, one week of face—to—face talks every forward ekes, and the understanding is that the talks will follow the eu's desired pattern, they understand, which is to deal with exit issues first, that is, citizens rights and money issues, before moving on to a future trade deal. david davis, brexit secretary, had predicted the i’ow brexit secretary, had predicted the row of the summer would be about that sequence. we will see what he says on monday in brussels. a man has been tasered by police outside the houses of parliament, after he reached for a knife when approached by officers. police on routine duties became aware of a man acting suspiciously. the man, in his 30s, was arrested for possession of a knife. he's now being held in a central london police station. nobody was injured. british security officials have told the bbc that hackers in north korea carried out the cyber
attack that crippled parts of the nhs last month. the hackers are thought to have done it to make money, and had underestimated the extent to which the computer virus would spread. here's our security correspondent gordon corera. voiceover: the cyber attack spread around the world, with the nhs badly—hit. computers were locked, with hackers demanding a ransom be paid for them to be made usable again. britain's national cyber security centre led the investigation and security sources have told the bbc that the centre believes in north korean—based hacking group known as lazarus launched the attack. the same group is believed to have targeted sony pictures after it planned to release a film involving the north korean leader and was also thought to have been behind the theft of more than $80 million from bangladesh's central bank last year. the ransomware last month did not target britain or the nhs specifically and may well have been a money making scheme that got out of control,
especially since the hackers have not yet retrieved any of the ransom money that's been paid into the accounts. studio: a service will be held at southwark cathedral this afternoon, in the wake of the terrorist attack on london bridge nearly two weeks ago. the service of hope, as it's being called, will be attended by survivors and theirfamilies, and members of the emergency services. 0ur religious affairs correspondent martin bashir is outside southwark cathedral. the dean of southwark cathedral has said that while they were at the centre of the horrific events, this is an opportunity for southwark cathedral to renew its commitment to being a place of healing, of
reconciliation and community, also an opportunity to honour those who we re an opportunity to honour those who were impacted by this terrible attack. the 48 or so people who were taken to five hospitals and of course the eight individuals whose lives were taken. i am also told the archbishop of canterbury will preach, and will be given —— we have been given a brief note of what he will say: here, in this building, built to say that the future that each of us has in christ is one of life, hope and eventually, though ha rd life, hope and eventually, though hard it may be to see it today, joy. he he says, hope flowers in the desert of suffering when it is watered by love. american politicians have played their annual charity baseball match in washington dc, a day after a leading republican and three other people were shot as they practised for the game. steve scalise is still critically ill in hospital, though his condition has improved.
0ur correspondent laura bicker reports from the site of the game, nationals park. voiceover: together, with hands on hearts, their minds were on those who could not be here. congressman steve scalise is critically ill in hospital after the shooting on wednesday. he has undergone several surgeries. president donald trump had this video message for the players. this game is always an important moment for both parties to come together to support charity, build friendships and celebrate our national pastime. the ceremonial honour of the first pitch went to david bailey, the capitol hill police officer who was injured when he helped bring down the government. the crowd had come in their thousands, to pay tribute to the spirit of this game. for two hours each year, these politicians put and often
bitter and entrenched party divisions side. for those who survived the gunmen's hail of bullets, that message is particularly poignant. —— gunman's. we are glad to be here, raising twice as much money for charity as we usually do, twice as many eyes on us tonight, to watch as mess up in the field(!) it's intimidating. all of us are pulling for steve scalise. for one night, for one game, republicans and democrats will manage to put their bitter divisions aside. but what happens after the last inning? what happens in the longer term? it is less than one mile from this stadium to capitol hill. can the bipartisanship mood make thatjourney? democrats and republicans can lower the temperature on our rhetoric in the hopes of proceeding in a way that does not incite people. the democrats were well ahead by half—time, though perhaps the score won't matter, because yes, the rivalries are fierce, but so are the friendships forged on this field. studio: the british and irish lions
are preparing for the biggest match of their tour of new zealand so far. with the first test just a week away, the lions are in need of a morale boosting win, having been beaten in two of their four matches and having lost key players through injury. tomorrow they face the toughest of tests, playing the maori all blacks in rotorua, from where katie gornall sent this report. in new zealand, passion is never far from the surface. this is how rotorua boys' high welcome back one of their own. for these schoolboys, liam messam is a reminder of the dizzy heights rugby can take you. once the first xv captain, he now has 43 all black caps to his name and will play for
the maori all blacks against the lions on saturday. the whole energy has changed about the country, about them being here, so i'm looking forward to going out there. they are the best in europe. we get to test ourselves against the best opposition in the northern hemisphere. with a population ofjust over 4 million people, new zealand really punches above its weight when it comes to rugby. they start them young here, these boys will have begun playing when they are around four years old, and almost all of them grow up dreaming of becoming an all black. so far, nine boys from here have fulfilled that dream, and all along the walls, reminders that the path from rotorua to rugby's elite is a well—trodden one. we are notjust talking about all blacks, i've jsut spotted dylan hartley. funnily enough, he was never an angry man at school, he was a good young man. he contributed well to our xvs programme. with no room for england's captain on this tour, warren gatland has others
to lead the lions. ireland peter 0 mahony will captain the side. sam warburton will be on the bench. he was meant to be joined there by owen farrell, before the fly half was ruled out with a thigh strain. with the test a week away, this was expected to be a first choice team. we've got to make sure we are not fully showing our hand, keeping some combinations back. we need to keep the all blacks guessing a little bit about what the final squad maybe. so far, in new zealand, the lions have found hazards at every turn. the maoris will be no different. this is their moment and they intend to seize it. good news for those who like the warmer conditions i think?