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hello, and welcome to bbc news. police say 58 people are now presumed to have died in the fire at grenfell tower in west london. the bbc understands the total number of dead or missing could be around 70. in the last three hours, the prime minister has issued a statement. but. frankly; fagsgpggrt - hours after the solid disaster was not good enough.
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there have been huge frustrations that people do not know who to talk to, that they can't get through on the council hotlines. takes to help those affected, get justice, and keep our people safe." a new dark reality on the london skyline, with the power to shock, and to move. a sight which stops you in your tracks. too much to take in. it's just horrific. everyone's busy talking, but yet you can just feel a silence. it's really overwhelming. four days on from disaster, and with every official update, more grim news. 52.2.5..— :.4 4l); 4'%.;. egfigg—effi—zgr—
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we have been told were in grenfell tower on the night, that are missing, and therefore sadly i have to assume that they are dead. the investigations into how this happened will be complex and lengthy, but the residents‘ association for grenfell tower and the surrounding blocks is already calling for the council and its management agency to be suspended from their landlords‘ responsibility. andrea newton says the community felt ignored before the tragedy, neglected since, with no access to basic information. where is everyone? what are they getting next, where will they move, what do they need? who needs what, and where? these are fundamental questions, and we are days after this disaster. i have done the angry. ijust have got to get this done. today the residents brought
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those frustrations to downing street, asking for more help on the ground. and there have been reassurances from ministers. a central qperatififirpreeisely perfectly reasonable questions that people have in these desperate circumstances. a perfectly clear message but still, on the street, official help has been hard to find. what we are seeing here is an aid effort run by local people. we are told there will be a more official response to what has happened, but on the ground, there is very little evidence of that. amanda, you are doing all you can. have you seen any government people, local council people? no, i haven't. i haven't seen anyone at all. we have been here since the morning and have not seen anyone from the government. where's the government? i personally don't know. the only government or council vehicles i have seen are the refuse lorries, coming up
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and down the street. # we shall overcome...#. the pain here is plain to see, and the community strength too, and the determination to come together and to overcome. jeremy cooke, bbc news, north kensington. metropolitan police commander stuart cundy has named the first victim to be formally identified as 23—year—old syrian refugee, mohammad al—hajali. his family said, "mohammad was a very amazing and kind person. he came to the uk because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family. our whole family will miss mohammad dearly and he will never be forgotten." earlier. i spoke'to'our politicat began by asking her about whether the prime minister's statement reflected the concerns of residents.
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there has been of anger, and a lot of frustration from some members of of frustration from somefrnembersof! local community at what they see an inadequate response to what as an inadequate response to what has happened, not just as an inadequate response to what has happened, notjust from the government but also from the local authority, kensington and chelsea borough council as well. theresa may was personally criticised for not meeting residents and victims mastitis rgaifig’ntia ea’nifitiiiictimisl - by this incident soon affected by this incident soon enough. in the past few days, she a hospital yesterday, and visited a hospital yesterday, and today she hosted this meeting in downing street. i am told that these actions she has now come out with ra direct response to what she has been hearing from people on the ground. but it is really basics that have hearing from people on the ground. but i' lacking, basics that have hearing from people on the ground. but i' lacking, which; that have hearing from people on the ground. but i' lacking, which is 1at have hearing from people on the ground. but i' lacking, which is why ave hearing from people on the ground. but i' lacking, which is why we have prime minister announced seen the prime minister announced that £5 million emergency fund, which will start to be distributed from today. that is for basic things like food, travel money. she has
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the commitment to rehouse renewed the commitment to rehouse people within the weeks, l the people within the weeks, in the local area if. want to, or as local area if they want to, or as close to earth as possible. she has also talked about people on the in high vizjackets so that ground in high vizjackets so that people have a point of contact, and the prime minister taking personal sponsor the prime minister taking personal sponsor ability to ensure that the from the public enquiry findings from the public enquiry into this incident are acted upon. theresa may is trying to reassure people that the government is doing what it can after it has had such criticism for its response so far. what remains to be seen as if that is enough to appease men was the local community. do we - when we local community. do we know when we might see this task force in action? because what we're seeing at the moment as working on the moment as volunteers working on the ground. there has been huge commendation for the response of the local community, but also that recognition on the prime minister that not enough has been done in that not enough. has been. done in. of that hot enough has been. done in. of basic health and support in terms of basic health and support in the immediate few days. she was very
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to please the work at the keen to please the work of the emergency services without being too this morning, damian specific. this morning, damian green, the first secretary of state, to all intents and purposes, the deputy prime minister, he says that that response on - ground is that response on the ground is starting from today. theresa may again said in a statement that this action, so people, you is immediate action, so people, you would talk, or sight to see a difference, some of these measures implement it pretty much immediately. the government has had so immediately. the government has had so much criticism to its response for this. it is now try to get on the front foot ensure that it is doing something, but i think you are to say that will right to say that residents will wa nt right to say that residents will want this to be tangible before they will get the support they so desperately need. as we've been hearing a group of residents, volunteers and survivors of grenfell tower were invited to downing street today to meet with the prime minister theresa may. they were joined by the bishop of kensington, the right reverend ten to bring together the small group from the community.
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i think it was a good meeting. residents in the local area were able to express their frustrations, their hopes, their anger. their desires, and to put before the prime minister the things they really to say. they sensed that she wanted to say. they sensed that she and therefore, i think it listened, and thereforet hhmihe a good thing to do, - the was a good thing to do, and the residents came away, i think, feeling that they had been heard and been able to - but they wanted to to the prime minister. how did say to the prime minister. how did the meeting, about, and can you just talk is at through how it went?|j was talk is at through how it went?” was approached by number ten yesterday, i think, was approached by number ten yesterday, ithink, i have been a volunteer over the whole week, and then numberten volunteer over the whole week, and then number ten approached me asking if we could pull together a group of representatives from the locally to have a conversation with the prime we work closely with the local
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church, and we brought together a few we re church, and we brought together a few were representatives, few people who were representativesg= anyone in not representing anyone in but people who are particular but geople who are by particular but people who are by this people who affected by this tragedy, people who we re affected by this tragedy, people who were survivors from grenfell tower evacuees, local residents, itself, evacuees, local residents, and is the itself, evacuees, local residents, and - is the group that was and that is the group that was there. there has been a lot of about whether the discussion about whether the government understands people's are you more confident needs here. are you more confident from toulouse a's reaction that they do? i am certainly confident that she listened. —— theresa may's there was a robust reaction. there was a robust discussion. people were able to say what they wanted to say. we felt we we re what they wanted to say. we felt we were listened to carefully. time will tell what it will in the longer term, but we are make in the longer term, but we are cautiously hopeful that we were listened to and that some of the
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statements coming out from number ten would indicate that some response - begun to come from it. response has begun to come from it. the meeting lasted about 2.5 hours. what were - asking her for, what were you asking her for, face—to—face? what were you asking her for, face-to-face? all kinds of things we re face-to-face? all kinds of things were mentioned, probably too many to mention here. what the residents wanted to say was that they really value the community, a strong sense that we do not want to live anywhere else, the vibrancy of this community is something they love, the outpouring of compassion we have seen outpouring of compassion we have seenin outpouring of compassion we have seen in the last week. they wanted to say that the local community must be listened to, and that rather than decisions being made - them that decisions being made about them that do not —— they are not consulted on, they want to ensure that local they want to ensure thattooat are listened to as residents are listened to as solutions are found to the issues that have been uncovered here. there was a real sense of wanting to say that this | the was a real sense of wanting to say that this i the beginning of the that this is the beginning of the process. we hope that the meetings
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we have had over the last couple of days are not the end of the process, the be-cinnin of a new culture but the beginning otaoewcutture listening between government, of listening between government, cancel, local residents, that will lead to a better teacher for everybody. - he promised any more everybody. when he promised any more meetings? we have just had the two 2.55525? ido 2.55525? i do not know of any meetings, i do not know of any others will follow. this is part of a patchwork of conversations that we will lead to something hope will lead to something constructive. lets crossover live to north kensington. laura, what is the mood like now amongst residents there? there is a real mixture of feelings tonight. you can see the tower behind me, one of the saddest sights. many people are still angry and four straight it at the lack of
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a nswe rs. and four straight it at the lack of answers. there are questions remain unanswered. they are angry about what they see as a lack of support and organisation. in the main it is very much an example of a community congregating, coming together and paying their respects. a palpable feeling of community spirit. the church to my left is awash with flowers a nd church to my left is awash with flowers and tributes that continue to be laid by local people. and also people coming here from afar to pay their respects. the tribute wall keeps being extended as more and more people make their thoughts known on this week's enormous tragedy. many thousands of candles have been lit, and messages that come right from the heart. children, old people, mothers, fathers, everybody coming together and sharing their views, grieving together. it is very much a feeling of sadness, despair, but also of a community spirit that cannot be crushed. back to you. laura, ijust
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wa nted crushed. back to you. laura, ijust wanted to ask you, obviously we have seen wanted to ask you, obviously we have seen this huge volunteer effort. we heard the prime minister promised a task force, more visibility on the ground. is the community seeing any of that yet? that is something the community has been talking about. one of the frustrations as there is not enough people on the ground to reassure them, to tell them what is going on, . tell them what will be going on, to tell them what will be happening in the coming days and weeks. and i know that you spend three days at kensington town hall. yesterday we had those scenes of protest, whereas today, it was just com pletely protest, whereas today, it was just completely different, a different ambience there. there was a stark contract, today at kensington and chelsea town hall, there was an easy stillness, and emptiness, there were people arriving to give their donations. —— a ten through silence.
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people wanted to help and give donations, but nobody was there to organise it. people are still there behind you, still gathered on the streets. what is the mood like in terms of the level of anger we saw terms of the level ofafig’er’we—saw is that subsided and yesterday? is that subsided and people are more reflective today? yesterday we saw angry crowds, people - protesting, but today it people were protesting, but today it isa people were protesting, but today it is a lot more measured. more reflective, and you can see that people are congregating and reflecting and praying together, but there is still anger. people are voicing their levels of still voicing their levels of frustration and - laura, frustration and concern. laura, thank you. we will find out how this thank you. we—will ftrnereutrhow this and others will be covered in story and others will be covered in
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the papers tonight. i will be joined by robert fox, the defence editor of the london evening standard, and also rachel cunliffe from city am, that will be later tonight. the queen has observed a minute's silence at the trooping the colour parade in memory of all those who died in grenfell tower and in the recent attacks in manchester and london. on what is her official birthday — in which she said it was "difficult to escape the very sombre national mood". our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, reports on a day intended for celebration, the queen led the nation in sorrow. before leaving buckingham palace for horse guards, she stood with the duke of edinburgh for a minute's silence. a moment of reflection, joined by the footguards on the parade ground and the cavalry at the palace gates — in remembrance of those lost at grenfell tower, and in the terrorist attacks in london and manchester.
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and met some of those who have lost friends and neighbours. it had clearly made a deep impression. in her statement she said, "i have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer somfort she suppott”""' " she went on: band plays her birthday parade went ahead. it had all the familiar components. the footguards marched and trooped the colour of the irish guards, and the royal family appeared on the palace balcony, where prince george as usual stole the show, gazing down at the crowds, and then as the raf fly—past appeared, up at the sky with his sister. but this was no ordinary trooping. this was a year when the head
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of state reflected the country's feelings of shock and grief. nicholas witchell, bbc news, at buckingham palace. in the headline a total of 58 people are dead and that total may increase. theresa may has admitted he support available that he support available immediately after the disaster was not good enough. in other news, bill cosby walks free from court after the judge declares declares a mistrial in his sex assault case. now let's get all the sports news. england are playing argentina in their last here's what's happening right now.
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england have just crossed for a try. england have just crossed for a try. england now lead the series 1—0. a dynamic start from england, the lead 4-0 dynamic start from england, the lead 4—0 in santa fe. —— 5—0 in argentina —— against argentina in the second test. back in new zealand, before that lions match in rotorua, had already won against australia and canada in the 4 team international series — it was level at halftime but they scored 5 tries in their 29—21 victory.
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we've made the decision that we think is the best decision for hours. people are concerned, but i just know how difficult it is, it is not as if you are in bonuses, you have got to get around the world and acclimatise. he's past experience from that. back in new zealand, before that lions match in rotorua, england's women beat the black ferns. the red roses had already won against australia and canada in the four team international series —
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it was level at halftime but they scored 5 tries in their 29—21 victory. on the back of these results, england will go into the world cup in ireland in august as the number one side in the world. coming across the world to a rugby mad country, it is not an easy place to win. we found out four years ago when they lost all three tests, so tonight was a real showcase of women's rugby, the top sides in the world going hammer and tongs against each other. we are really happy about our performance. at golf‘s us open in wisconsin, the leaders arejust beginning their third rounds. two englishman at the top of the leaderboard. tommy fleetwood and paul casey are there on 7—under, along with brian harman and brooks kopeka and now justin thomas and charlie hoffman in a six—way tie for the lead. amongst those also going well in the early starters, south africa's louis oosthuizen who is 6—under for his round today. that leaves him just one shot off the lead.
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wigan warriors are into the semi finals of the challenge cup — surviving a late warrington fightback to win 27—26 this afternoon. john bateman's try and a sam tomkins drop goal looked to have pulled wigan clear in the closing stages but warrington fought back. declan patton's late attempt to force extra time missed — keeping wigan on course for a 20th challenge cup win. johanna konta could become the first british woman since virginia wade a0 years ago at wimbledon to win a tour event on home soil. she's reached the final of the nottingham open after coming through in straight sets against magdalena rybarikova of slovakia. 6—2, 7—5 the score. has reached a grasscourt final. she'll face donna vekic. that's all the sport for now.
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ajudge in the united states has declared a mis—trial in the sexual assault case against entertainer bill cosby. the jury failed to reach a consensus on all three counts, after more than 50 hours of deliberations. the 79—year—old had denied drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home 13 years ago. our north america correspondent, aleem maqbool, reports. after so many accused him of being a calculated sexual predator, bill cosby is free now to go home from court. the jury didn't acquit him, but they could not unanimously agreed to convict him either. we came here looking for an acquittal, but like that rolling stones says, you don't always get what you want — sometimes, you get what you need. god bless you all, and happy father's day. the mistrial was celebrated like a victory by cosby‘s supporters. 60 women came forward
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and accused him... yes, after 20—25 years. no, please. back in his heyday, bill cosby was the most prominent african—american, the highest—paid actor, and undoubtedly a trailblazer. .. of the dozens of women who came forward saying he sexually assaulted them, most couldn't go to trial because it was so long since the alleged incidents took place. one case was heard in court, though, brought by andrea constand, a former university employee who claims that in 2004 he drugged and then molested her. all of the jurors were not convinced. for now, bill cosby walks free, but there is the prospect he is going to be retried, and there is no question that in spite of this result his reputation as something of an american father figure has now been tarnished. seven us crew members are missing
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after an american warship collided with a philippine container ship off the east coast of japan. the uss fitzgerald, which has now arrived back at port, crashed into the phillipine vessel in the middle of the night. it was heading for the nearby port of yo—koss—ka under its own power. crashed into the phillipine vessel in the middle of the night. among those injured. the policeman who died confronting the westminster attacker in march, pc keith palmer, has been awarded a posthumous medalfor bravery. he is named in the queen's civilian galla ntry list, released this year alongside the birthday honours. among this year's awards, are a knighthood for the comedian billy connolly, and a damehood forjulie walters and june whitfield. lizo mzimba reports he receives a posthumous george medal. for pcs craig nicholls and jonathan wright,
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seen here arresting the man who killed mpjo cox, queen's gallantry medals. protect the mp, receives the george medal. enough. and the two boys, similarly. unarmed, just went in, they knew he was armed, but not a thought. just went in. we are absolutely delighted. true heroes. i'm down on record as saying why should i learn algebra? i've no intention of ever going there! laughter knows his knighthood will produce a strong response from fans. some of them will say, high time. and some of them will say, what the hell's that all about? i don't know what to prepare for. i am a little embarrassed, but deep within me i'm very pleased to have it. terry and june and absolutely fabulous's june whitfield has been made a dame. # i wonder if one day that you'll say that you care #
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1960s eurovision winner sandie shaw becomes an mbe and the last johnson also becomes an mbe in a list that honours lizo mzimba, bbc news. time ‘to time - to take a look at the weather the sunshine came out for northern ireland and scotland, and became quite warm as well. we have had a weather front affecting the north—east of the uk. after such a one day, a very warm night. as you are heading to bed, these are the kind of temperatures you might be dealing with. 23 celsius in london
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at 11pm. england and wales will keep the clear skies, clouding over in scotla nd the clear skies, clouding over in scotland and northern - and 222111559 53? 35235; “£1559 5235.3 22511555 555 553555 if5l555 555 dampness 25511555 555 553555 if5l555 555 dampness around for gpgtedampness around fouuestem too. on sunday, - cloud scotland too. on sunday, the cloud will move across parts of northern and scotland. for ireland and scotland. for england and wales, a beautiful day, plenty of sunshine out and about, and if anything, it will be even hotter. temperatures might reach 31 celsius and the south—east. hello, this is bbc news. scotland yard says the number of people dead or presumed dead in the grenfell tower fire is at least 58. commander stuart cundy warned that that figure could increase as the investigation continues. the curent number of fatalties is at least 30. the figure of 58, of those that are missing and that i have to assume are dead. theresa may — who has faced criticism for her
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the pm admitted the support available in the initial hours after the disaster ‘was not good enough.‘ the queen says it‘s "difficult to escape a very sombre national mood" following tragedies in london and manchester. she observed a minute‘s silence at the start of events to mark her official birthday. in other news — bill cosby walks free from court after the judge declares a mistrial in his sex assault case. now on bbc news, it‘s time for addicted to protein —
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