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police say they are considering manslaughter charges over grenfell tower — and reveal the insulation and cladding have failed safety tests. the number of dead remains at 79, but police fear the true police say they are considering manslaughter charges they urged people not to worry about their immigration status. i fear that there are more. i do not know who they are at the moment and that's why i'm really pleading with the public to please call us. as checks continue elsewhere, 11 other blocks in england have been identified as also having combustible cladding. police confirmed the grenfell tower fire started in a fridge freezer — and revealed they received more than 600 999 calls on the night. also this lunchtime. europe's top official criticises theresa may's plan for eu citizens in the uk — but she says it's fair and serious. i want to reassure all those eu citizens who are in the uk, who've made their lives and homes in the uk, that no one will have to leave.
we won't be seeing families split apart. this is a fair and serious offer. gary haggarty — a former loyalist paramilitary turned supergrass — pleads guilty to 200 charges, including five murders. after the attack outside finsbury park mosque, police charge a man with terrorism—related murder. after their last victory 46 years ago, could a win once more finally be in the lions‘ grasp? and coming up in the sport on bbc news: the dutch teenager max verstappen is quickest in first practice for the azerbaijan grand prix — lewis hamilton finishes down in fifth. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one.
police investigating the fire at grenfell tower have said it started in a faulty fridge, and that insulation and tiles on the block have failed subsequent safety tests. they say more than 600 999 calls were made on the night of the fire, some of them over an hour long, and "truly harrowing" in their content. the number of presumed dead remains at 79, but they fear the final number will be higher. police are considering manslaughter charges, among a string of offences. meanwhile, 11 residential blocks in eight local authority areas in england have been identified as also having combustible cladding. and the hotel group premier inn has told the bbc it's "extremely concerned" about three of its hotels. richard galpin reports. it's been described as the worst fire in britain since the second world war. now, nine days later, the
police have the results of tests carried out on the panels covering the outside of the tower and have confirmed that a fridge sparked the fire. berlin minna rhee tests on the instillation samples collected from g re nfell tower instillation samples collected from grenfell tower showed that they combusted soon after the test started —— preliminary tests. the initial tests on the cladding tiles also failed the safety tests. we are also failed the safety tests. we are also concerned about the fridge freezer in this matter. we have been working with the department of energy, business and industrial strategy, who are working with hotpoint on the safety of that fridge. and as the investigation progresses it is clear the police are looking to bring those responsible to justice. we are looking at every criminal offence, from manslaughter onwards. we are looking at every health and safety
and fire safety offence, and we are reviewing every investigation, every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of g re nfell tower. the building and refurbishment of grenfell tower. the grenfell fire is having repercussions for high—rise buildings right across the country. the safety of 600 tower blocks is now being checked. and already, 11 have been found with cladding which raises safety concerns. the authorities are trying to work as quickly as possible, with 100 buildings being inspected per day. but here in plymouth, as elsewhere, residents living in tower blocks are 110w residents living in tower blocks are now extremely nervous. our fear is, who knows what's going to happen in the next 2a hours. what if there's a fire tonight and bear in mind all of the cladding is not proved to be safe enough, how are we going to stand a chance? especially if we are all asleep and we don't know about it. and the concerns go beyond
apartment blocks. the company which i’u ns apartment blocks. the company which runs the premier inn hotel chain says this hotel in maidenhead and two others which have aluminium cladding do not appear to meet required fire standards. now pursuing this with the developers which built them. we don't know whether material is. it could lg which built them. we don't know whether mate itl is. it could i; which built them. we don't know whether mate itl is. it co in i lg which built them. we don't know whether mate itl is. it co in 25“; which built them. we don't know whether mate iti their co in 25“; which built them. we don't know whether mate iti their nice i 25“; which built them. we don't know whether mate iti their nice new 5 could your f5§ huh; it private owners private well building owners as wethrpubt'rc in wake building owners as wethrpubt'rc in. wake of the building owners as wethrpubt'rc in - wake of the catastrophic in the wake of the catastrophic g re nfell in the wake of the catastrophic grenfell fire there is now a huge task ahead for the authorities. and speed is of the essence to ensure there are no more deaths from entirely preventable causes. richard galpin, bbc news. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds is at scotland yard.
what are the implications for police of the cladding at grenfell tower failing the fire test? well, this is a pretty serious development, because this sort of cladding, used on buildings above 18 metres is supposed to limit the spread of fire, not encourage it, and the police were pretty clear today, the cladding failed that safety tests. an independent safety tests they had commissioned for their investigation. but also the instillation underneath the cladding, between the wall and the panels of aluminium that make up the cladding, failed even worse, the heat spread even more quickly through the instillation. now, the cladding, according to research that we've done, was given a safety test 1997, which was supposed to show that it didn't allow flames to spread very fast. that raises the question of whether the regulations and testing are not the job of
ensuring safety and towers like this. —— are up to thejob of ensuring safety and towers like this. this is a very complex investigation with many strands. absolutely. highly technical, obviously. they have to look at what the causes of a fire, the contracting and the mechanism by which the tower was refurbished over the last few years. they have to look at who might be to blame for breaches of any health and safety regulations all building safety regulations. that will involve detailed crawl of paperwork and the police said today they are seizing paperwork from companies that are involved in the maintenance of the building, managing the building and the refurbishment of it. and the law in this area is very complicated as well. the health and safety laws may have been breached and also corporate manslaughter laws may have been breached. to prove that the police will have to show that the heads of companies knew they were breaking the law, and that can be very difficult. tom symonds, many thanks. the president of the european
commission jean—claude juncker has criticised theresa may's proposals to allow eu citizens to stay in the uk, saying they are first step but not sufficient. this morning mrs may described her plan as fair and serious. 0ur europe correspondent damian grammaticas reports from brussels. her opening gambit has been played, but will it be enough? last night, eu leaders listened to theresa may in silence. her plan for citizens' rights has had a lukewarm reception. i want to reassure all those eu citizens who are in the uk, who have made their lives and homes in the uk, that no one will have to leave. we won't be seeing families split apart. this is a fair and serious offer. but the eu doesn't appear to agree. the eu's own proposal already on the table is more generous to all the 4 million affected including the uk citizens who made their homes in eu countries. a step in the right direction? it's a step, but this
step is not sufficient. eu plan is —— would not seek any current rights withdrawn from anyone. some are concerned theresa may's citizens would be worse off. is a good first proposal which i appreciate but it's clear we have to invest more work. there are citizens who are not covered with mrs may's proposal and this will be part of the negotiations. issue for european leaders is the author theresa may has put on the table for the low the one the eu has really put forward. —— the offer theresa may has put on the table. the question is by how much, and they won't know until we see the details on monday. the issues eu wants to see clarified, exactly who would and wouldn't be eligible for residency, for example spouses and children. would they be able to come in future? what would be the cut—off date after which people can't claim the new status? and what guarantees a rather the uk will honour these rights far into the future? which bodies will
oversee them and decide disputed cases? but this summit is not the place for negotiations on the issue. those will only happen once the uk plan is published. it seems as if the eu wants more detailfrom theresa may? yes, precisely, because what the leaders here have had so far last night was just the broad outlines of what she's offering. now, remember, as i was saying, the eu has already put forward its proposal. it's a maximum proposal that says all existing rights that everybody has, that's all of eu citizens in the uk, 3 million people and uk citizens who have made their lives in europe, another million or so, all of those people the eu wants to preserve into the future. the eu has tabled that already. what they need to see, they say, is the detail of this, because that is crucial. they will go through line by line
when it announced on monday to see what it means. there are some absolutely critical questions. will be who is covered by theresa may's offer, and who is not. because there will be some, it seems, who fall out of this offer, who do not get rights reserved into the future. that's one issue for the eu. the second thing is, what rights precisely? which ones will they keep and which will they lose far into the future? all of those will determine the eu's position, because the eu's point of view is these are current rights that 4 million people enjoy. the debate at the minute is about what could be taken away. the eu doesn't believe rights should be taken away. it's going to be a very, very difficult set of talks once they actually get the proposal and are able to work through it. damian atticus, thank you. —— damian grammaticas, thank you. virgin media has warned more than 8000 customers to change their passwords to protect against being hacked. an investigation by the consumer group which found the super hub two internet router
was vulnerable to hackers. it was one of several products, including wireless cameras, which were found to have a security flaw. a former loyalist paramilitary commander who became a so—called "supergrass" has pleaded guilty to 200 terrorist offences, including five murders. gary haggarty — the former head of the ulster volunteer force's north belfast unit — appeared at belfast crown court this morning amid heavy security. it's one of the most complex cases ever undertaken in northern ireland, as our correspondent chris page reports. during the troubles the new ds took more lives than any other loyalist paramilitary organisation —— uvf. it killed more than 500 people. one of its commanders was this man, gary haggarty. he's pleaded guilty to 200 offences. the prosecution case document runs to around 12,000 pages, covering 16 violent years from 1991. two of the five men who
had a tea has admitted murdering the gary connolly and eamon fox, the catholic workmen were shot dead at a building site. he was a security forces in form, eamon fox's son believes his death was preventable. people in authority protected and served, they didn't protect my family. there's never been a more complexes choir re—entered loyalists, focused on belfast where the organisation had a particularly reputation. this investigation is set to go on to another level. in 2010, gary haggarty signed an agreement in which he offered to give evidence against other paramilitary leaders in exchange for a sort —— shorter sentence for his own crimes. is the most senior loyalist ever to turn supergrass. it's understood up to 15 uvf people
could be charged if the evidence is credible. former police officers could also be prosecuted. we understand that at all times throughout his tenure as a special branch agent that he was fully debriefing his handlers and it is the examination of the growing liability which will now be assessed. police have said they are committed to the investigation.” can understand how today is a very significant and sad moment for the families. of gary haggarty‘s victims. the families of uvf victims will have longer to wait. in future gary haggarty may well be in the witness box, not the dock. but getting to that stage could take yea rs getting to that stage could take years yet. chris page, bbc news, belfast. police say they are considering manslaughter charges over the grenfell tower fire — and reveal the insulation and cladding have failed safety tests.
and still to come... he bowls, england have won. they've w011. . . 77 not out — the voice of cricket henry blofeld retires after nearly five decades at the microphone. coming up in sport: with 12 players away on lions duty, wales round off their summer tour on a high with victory against samoa, to make it two wins from two matches. 20—year—old adam withers suffered from an acute psychotic illness. he died after gaining access to an industrial chimney at epsom hospital in surrey three years ago — and the trust has now been fined £300,000 after it admitted health and safety failures in relation to his care. 0ur social affairs correspondent michael buchanan has been speaking to adam withers' mother and his twin sister about what happened. adam withers became seriously
mentally unwell in the spring of 2014, paranoid and delusional. while a patient at psychiatric unit at epsom general hospital, one evening he absconded over a low level building from the courtyard while his mother shelley was visiting. as he walked across, i followed him with my eyes and that's the first time i saw the chimney with the ladder. and the ladder, itjust glints in the sunlight, and ijust suddenly thought, no, no. and ijust thought, i can't do it, i can't stand here and watch, because if he comes down safe i'll see him, but i can't see him fall. so i turned around and i walked away from him. and i'm sure that he saw me. because he just stared. and the last time i turned around before you go round the corner where you can't see the chimney any more, he was just getting on to the very top.
at this point shelly called adam's twin sister carla who rushed over. all of a sudden you heard these gasps, these horrible, horrible gasps, and people just screaming and screaming and then you get the nurses coming round the corner that are pale as sheets. you know that they'd seen something just horrific. i went to point to my mum and that's when she collapsed to the floor and just screamed this horrible, horrible scream, and that's how we found out he died because she screamed and they were like that. that's not how you find out someone's died. the trust, surrey and borders partnership, had been warned and repeatedly that patients could abscond from the unit but failed to take any action. in a statement they accepted the fine and apologised for the failings. for adam's family who live in the shadow of the chimney, the prosecution is a hollow but satisfying victory. i feel disappointed but i'm very proud, and very proud of my family, and very proud of my children.
because together, we've done it, together as a family, we've done it for adam. police have charged darren 0sborne with terrorism—related murder and attempted murder, after the attack at a mosque in finsbury park in the early hours of monday morning. the 47—year—old is due to appear at westminster magistrates' court later today. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford is in finsbury park for us now. daniel, the actual charge here is interesting? it is interesting. he has been charged with the common law offence of murder which has been used for decades in terrorism offences. he has killed somebody allegedly and so it is a common law
offence of murder and the common law offence of murder and the common law offence of murder and the common law offence of attempted murder. but the crown prosecution service and the police in their statements have described it as terrorism related murder. that is not a formal offence on beast that you'd book, but it is something that if it came to trial and it was proved that it was terrorism related, could possibly produce a longer sentence. it means in the meantime, this will be dealt with under the terrorism protocol which is a series of events as the case goes through the courts which means it will be dealt with as a terrorism case. there is a seniorjudge who manages the terrorism cases and this case will come under him. darren 0sborne is 47 years old, from cardiff. the allegation is he was the driver of this white van which ploughed into muslims leaving the mosque in the early hours of monday morning. a man
was killed. we learned yesterday he died of multiple injuries after being struck by the van. his family describing how completely distressed they were by the course of events and of course, nine people were taken to hospital. darren 0sborne will appear in this court around two o'clock this afternoon in person, and the only thing that can happen is the magistrate can refer it onto the central criminal court, the old bailey, where it is likely darren 0sborne will make his first appearance next week. thank you. a senior police officer has warned that forces in england and wales would struggle to deal with riots on the scale of 2011 because of budget cuts. the chief constable of west midlands police, dave thompson, said the strain was showing after multiple terror attacks. the home office says it's in "detailed engagement" with police over funding. prince philip has cancelled a visit next week to london zoo, as he continues to recover from an infection. the duke of edinburgh spent two nights at the king edward vii hospital in london earlier this week. buckingham palace says there are no "current plans"
for the 96—year—old to pull out of any other future engagements. government plans for a new nuclear power station at hinkley point in somerset have been strongly criticised by the public spending watchdog. the national audit office says the project is "risky and expensive," and that the risks for consumers have not been considered sufficiently. the power station is set to cost £18 billion, and will be financed by france and china. the population of somerset will soar this weekend, as the 35th glastonbury festival gets into full swing. more than a 100,000 music lovers have been arriving at worthy farm, where radiohead will headline the pyramid stage tonight. there is extra security at this year's festival, which opened with a minute's silence, to remember those affected by the recent terror attacks, and the grenfell tower fire. here's our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba. the festival began with a minute's silence. musicians and fans remembering those who died at grenfell towers
and in the terror attacks in london and manchester. recent events mean already significant security here has increased even further. as thousands of people have come come into the festival, bag searches and body searches. and it's notjust at entry points. across the festival site, random checks as well as a police presence that's hard to miss. the organisers try to make sure festivalgoers feel safe without affecting their enjoyment. people here feel they've got the balance just about right. it's a self policing place. everyone is here for everyone else. looking after each other so i'm sure we'll all be fine. so, you feel safe? yeah, definitely. although there was a bit more security and a bit more time getting through the gates, it's for a really good reason and i think everyone isjust having
a great time and behaving really well and everyone is being so kind to each other. none of it seems to have taken away from the reason, of course, that people come here. the music. with performances now happening across the site and, of course, glastonbury is a festival that's not just about music. hundreds of people have marked the start of the event by coming together to form a huge peace sign. many people leave here with powerful memories, but few can say there's are as special as this. dan surprising his girlfriend, emily, with an onstage marriage proposal. can you tell me what it means to you, this happening here of all places? it's where we met. it's the most beautiful place ever and it means so much. so much. with the increased security some festivalgoers may be feeling more anxious than in previous years, but so far, those worries don't seem to be showing.
now, the voice of cricket has announced his retirement. after a career spanning 45 years, henry blofeld says he'll cover three more england test matches before leaving the bbc commentary box for good. his many test match special fans will miss his unique style and much—loved catchphrases. 0ur sports correspondent andy swiss reports. my my dear old thing is, well, i'm afraid all things come to an end. i have decided the time is right now to hang up my microphone. even his retirement was unmistakably blowers. the soundtrack of a sporting summer. my the soundtrack of a sporting summer. my goodness me, you won't see a bigger six in 100 years. but his
descriptive powers went far further than just the cricket. their's the pigeon, he has come in on q. how splendid. flying over proceedings, beating his wings quickly. i think he is an english pigeon. today, henry blofeld joked the lifestyles of birds would be getting rather less coverage. at 77, this summer's commentary will be his last. the harder it becomes at my age, you are justifying your position with people much younger than you and so therefore i was under a lot of pressure. i thought, therefore i was under a lot of pressure. ithought, this therefore i was under a lot of pressure. i thought, this is silly. iam the pressure. i thought, this is silly. i am the last of the old fights. time to go and leave people with happy memories and they want more, rather than saying, why the hell hasn't he gone before? do you know what i mean?! his career highlights are this, england's famous win over
australia in 1981. but his larger than life character appealed far beyond cricket. what i loathe more about modern life more than anything people who want to talk to me at brea kfast. people who want to talk to me at breakfast. henry blofeld was an entertainer. his effervescent and enthusiasm made him a broadcasting one. he is an incredibly colourful personality. anything wandering past he will talk about. i often say rather cheekily that there is no one i have worked with, that brings a game of cricket more to life than henry blofeld does. he does bring it to life. that is what we will miss. so his long innings is nearly over. after his last commentary in september, henry blofeld will leave cricket and less colourful and less charismatic place. with just 2a hours to go until the first test between the british and irish lions and the all blacks, the build up
in auckland continues. head coach warren gatland has appointed peter 0'mahony as captain. new zealand have not lost at eden park since 1994. katie gornall looks ahead to the first test. auckland is undergoing a transformation. has become a flood. they have opened up their homes forfree. we're young so we are on a real tight budget i would say, so just the ability to have somewhere to stay for the night and not have to break the bank for it, means we can have a much better time. at the end of the day, they're guests in our country, so it seemed like the right thing to do, and it's been a lot of fun, actually. i think it's going to be a 3—0! sorry! to the lions? no, no, to the all blacks.
i hope it's not. history is against the lions. this was the last time they tasted success in new zealand, way back in 1971. we haven't beaten them in new zealand since then, in any series. i look back and that was one of the great sort of feats of the lions, no question about that. and it had a profound affect on the lions' kiwi coach. you know, i thought rugby was invented in new zealand growing up. i didn't think the all blacks could ever be beaten, so did have quite an impact on me in 1971 when the lions beat the all blacks in that series. it was the first time that i kind of realised that the game was played in other parts of the world as well. so began his love affair with the lions. gatland has named an attacking side for the series opener based on form not reputation. it will be captained by peter 0'mahony, who three months ago, could not even get in the ireland team. this is where it all begins
tomorrow, eden park which is a fortress for the all blacks. they haven't lost here since 1994, before some of these current players were even born. the all blacks may win the game before they even take part, because they've got this aura about them, but i think what has happened so far in this lions tour, a slow start but momentum has definitely built over the last maybe two or three games. i think there's a real energy there that if they do battle, they do believe in themselves and they can definitely win. rugby and the all blacks are revered in new zealand, but by the end of this tour, the lions hope to have made their mark. time for a look at the weather. here's sarah keith—lucas. it i noticeably has been 01’ or here the
over lake windermere in cumbria. we have grey skies, low é and some have grey skies, low clouds and some truth in the outbreaks of rain. elsewhere in the country, some blue sky round. a bit of fair elsewhere in the country, some blue sky round. a bit of f sunshine. if we look at these le thesomeze. , for scotland g—i