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this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh, live in north london where thousands of people have been evacuated from tower blocks over concerns about fire safety. the government have said 27 high—rise blocks of flats in 15 local authorities have failed fire cladding safety tests. here, four buildings on the chalcot estate near swiss cottage were evacuated last night by authorities for "urgent fire safety works". they identified a number of issues and the blocks. around installation, pipes going into flats. the combination of the flammable external cladding and the issues inside the block, meant the issue wasn't —— the building was not say. they need to do any works, if they need support from the government, we
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can work with them. some residents spent the night in hotels or on airbeds in a leisure centre. around 80 households have refused to leave. their general advice is to get out and evacuate. i instead to take —— intend to stay put. the other headlines on bbc news this morning — leader of the commons, andrea leadsom calls on broadcasters to be ‘more patriotic‘ when reporting on brexit negotiations. of course it has spent early days. it would be helpful if broadcasters would be a bit more patriotic. the country took a decision. tension is high in auckland as the lions trail the all blacks in their first test in new zealand. also in the next hour — radiohead take to the stage for glastonbury‘s opening night. 20 years after their first legendary performance at the festival, thom yorke ‘loses himself‘
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for 120 minutes. and at 11:30am, jane hill will be looking at the fall—out from the general election as the brexit talks begin in dateline london. this is bbc news, i'm annita mcveigh in swiss cottage in north london, where this morning there is still anger and confusion among the residents of four tower blocks who last night were told to evacuate their homes due to concerns about fire safety. many hires are hundreds of people have gone to hotels. many have been
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able to stay with friends or relatives. the chalcot estate, it consists of, there was an order yesterday evening that they should be evacuated because of those fire safety concerns. around 700 flats we are talking about, with thousands of residents. one of those blocks, the people living there, later they were told they could go back in. the concerns raised were not great they are as initially thought. that still left for blocks worth of people. they had to vacate their flats very quickly, just throwing a few possessions into cases and moving out, except for 83 households who have said that they will not call. the council is going to be speaking to them again today. the fire authority is trying to persuade them
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to leave. the evacuation order came, camden council said, after they were told by the fire service that the safety of residents in the chalcot estate tower blocks could not be guaranteed. that followed tests carried out in the wake of the g re nfell tower carried out in the wake of the grenfell tower fire tragedy. where at least 79 people are thought to have died. the latest news from the round of testing that has been carried out right across the country is that the government now says that 27 tower blocks, in 15 different local authority areas, the cladding on those blocks has failed fire safety tests. we'll be hearing from the leader of camden council in a moment, but first let's get an idea of the anger anger amongst some of the residents here this morning.
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iam not, i am not, i am iam not, iam having i am not, i am having a iam not, iam having a pop i am not, i am having a pop at you inafunny i am not, i am having a pop at you in a funny kind of way. i am so absolutely stressed. why was hotels not looked at before we will all evacuated? i not looked at before we will all evacuated 7 i have not looked at before we will all evacuated? i have sat in a chair over here since nine o'clock last night. iam over here since nine o'clock last night. i am 72 years old. i suffer with ever see me. now i am being told that they cannot rehouse me because i have got a dog. what do they want me to do with my dog? put my dog to they want me to do with my dog? put to sleep? they want me to do with my dog? put my dog to sleep? we definitely can get you housing with your dog. when? we have hotel rooms identified at the moment. we will talk to the team. there are over 100 hotel rooms waiting for people. let's go down and have a discussion and we will find one for you. i cannot sit here all day. we will come back to you. that was the leader of camden
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council speaking to the lady. the lady has been fined a pet friendly would help to stay at since like conversation. shortly after that i spoke to georgia gould. put to her that some people are raising questions about the manner in which the evacuation was carried out and did it have to be done in this urgent fashion overnight, could they have taken a bit longer to carry out the evacuation and find accommodation for people. my last briefing was that 83 households wanted to stay. we are knocking on doors having conversations with those residents at the moment. that isa those residents at the moment. that is a moving picture. how many of those households, how many of those people do you think you will be able to persuade to move today? people do you think you will be able to persuade to move today7m people do you think you will be able to persuade to move today? it was really deeply distressing. i got the news from the fire services that their belief was that the block was not safe to stay in at five o'clock.
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we had to act incredibly swiftly to move people out of those callbox. people were having their own knocked on late into the night. obviously people were distressed, we needed to give them that accurate information at the time. in the morning, having the fire service leathers, having those conversations, we will be able to persuade people to move because those blocks are not safe. to persuade people to move because those blocks are not safem to persuade people to move because those blocks are not safe. if will not move, if the leave those flats to go to work shopping, would you be ina to go to work shopping, would you be in a position to say to them, you cannot allow them to enter the building? what we're saying to anyone who wants to go back into the building to get possessions, they can go and get the possessions, they need to leave within half an hour accompanied by the fire services. the people who have refused to leave at the moment, would they be allowed to re—enter? at the moment, would they be allowed to re-enter? they will have hour to go in and get their belongings. to re-enter? they will have hour to go in and get their belongingslj understand go in and get their belongings.” understand that more than 100 people spent the night at the leisure
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centre behind us. what efforts are going on now, some people have been found hotel accommodation, what effo rts found hotel accommodation, what efforts are being done now to find accommodation for these 100 hours of people? we have an unprecedented situation. we had 400 people in those blocks. volunteers have been working through the night, we have identified temporary accommodation, working with other boroughs, people are moving out slowly. of course people are tired, they have had a terrible night, we want to get people into secure accommodation as quickly as possible. where will you be putting them all? the lady you are talking about is at a hotel which has a provision for dogs. she has been find some accommodation. we have some council housing we have been building in camden that we have expedited, people will be going into that. we have 270 hotel rooms
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booked. we have a range of different options, speaking to student accommodation. a lot of people have chosen to go to friends and family. if that is a temporary solution, they should come down to the centre and talk to ourselves. obviously you have based your decision to move people out on advice of the fire service. what do you say to those people that the manner in which this evacuation has been carried out, has been a slightly knee jerk reaction and it could have been done in a more ordered way, if i can use that word? i spoke to the fire service at five o'clock. they told me it was their view that the blocks were not say. at that point, it is friday night, you are talking about 4000 people. i asked night, you are talking about 4000 people. iasked if night, you are talking about 4000 people. i asked if there night, you are talking about 4000 people. iasked if there is night, you are talking about 4000 people. i asked if there is anything we can do to keep those blocks safe? can we pay for fire engines outside all of the blocks. we will do anything to keep people in
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overnight. they said there was nothing we can do to guarantee garin —— resident safety that night. given the circumstances we are in, i thought we had to act swiftly. to be clear, two days ago i remember reading the statement, you announced 20 47 fire safety patrols. you considered the possibility of paying fire crews to stay outside the tower blocks overnight. but the fire service worst thing that would not give a guarantee of safety. they said what you would need is for outside that block. they did not have that to serve the whole of london. they said that there is nothing we can do collectively, we have been working closing —— closely together. we made the decision to move them out. we like to do things properly, we would have liked to have had a meeting, shared that advice, have conversations, but we had to work fast to keep people safe. that was georgia gould, the
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leader of camden council speaking to me earlier. with me now is a resident from one of the flats and the chalcot estate. perhaps you can begin by taking us through what has happened to your mum and stepdad since yesterday evening, early evening. i would see between four o'clock in five o'clock yesterday evening everything was fine. we would be issued with fire blankets. we thought no more of it. got on with her evening. then we are sitting down watching the tv last night, the news broke on my phone that there was an evacuation of a block. put on the news and the television, and it was a waiting game. one block, then it was verified which one it was. which one do you live in? we live in bray. later on in the evening it said all five fire blocks would be evacuated.
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they said there was nothing going on here, when i spoke to the fire service. so all your information was coming from news reports? no one was coming from news reports? no one was coming to my front door. when did someone come coming to my front door. when did someone come to coming to my front door. when did someone come to your coming to my front door. when did someone come to your door? two o'clock this morning. a local council official saying you have to leave, pack a bag. council official saying you have to leave, packa bag. isaid council official saying you have to leave, pack a bag. i said for how long. they said for a couple of days. i said what if we do not leave ? days. i said what if we do not leave? they said we will have the police round to move you forcibly from your flat. with an hour if we did not leave. so we got about together. we came downstairs. the plot is in panic. there are people in landings who do not understand english who are crying. no one knows what is going on. we left at 2:30am.
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we came inside and got registered. a friend of mine said we could have theirfull friend of mine said we could have their full for the friend of mine said we could have theirfull for the night. friend of mine said we could have their full for the night. what is happening next. are you going to stay with your friend tonight or find accommodation? she cannot keep us find accommodation? she cannot keep us know any more. i got a phone call at 5:30am that the could put us up ina at 5:30am that the could put us up in a hotel in leighton. that is a fair distance from here. i have known idea where that is to be for. i have never been there in my life. we all work locally. it is not on. i think the council have messed up on this. you have asked the council if you can sort out accommodation yourself, whether you will be reimbursed. you have not got an answer? they are saying get into another queue. come into this queue. the man i spoke to said there is no guarantees they will reimburse anything. i explain to him how can we live, eat, cook, wash in a hotel?
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he gave me no answer. can you understand the council's concerns about safety on the chalcot estate? yes, of course. there are better ways of going about it and kicking them out at two o'clock in the morning. you have lived there all your life and you said to me a little earlier, what is another couple of nights? if they had come round last night and explain to eve ryo ne round last night and explain to everyone properly what was going on, give us until this afternoon to sort something out and pack a bag, i would understand that people would be eager to agree to it. not being your —— kicked out of your house is in the morning with nowhere to go. lauren, thank you for speaking with us. lauren, thank you for speaking with us. i hope you will get things sorted out in what is a difficult situation for you. sajid javid, the local government and communities secretary said councils would get financial support for all works needed. how do they deal in camden council
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with the costs incurred by having to evacuate people, evacuate flats on the chalcot estate. sajid javid has been saying that the government will give councils financial assistance. our position has been very clear on this, public safety is paramount. you cannot put a price on people's lives. local authorities they have to do whatever it takes to get the building safe and any necessary works they do, if they need support from the government, we can work with them, absolutely. if there is a local authority and housing association, if they need financial support, if they need financial support, if they need financial support, we will work with them to make sure they have the resources that they need to do this necessary work. that will not be put at risk. whatever is necessary to keep people safe, that work should be happening,
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it should not be slowed down because of costs, it should be work that should go on immediately and any council, any housing association then his financial support, we will make sure they get it. with me now is arnold tiling, he is chartered surveyor and fire experts. what do you make of the way in which this was handled in the sense of what is there an absolute necessity to get people out this quickly?” there an absolute necessity to get people out this quickly? i was saying right at day one, if you have got a property with this kind of installation in, do not play russian roulette with your tenants. we could see how quickly the fires went in and spread. this catastrophe we have had in london. my advice, get them out. hats off to camden council for taking this action. let's hope that other boroughs and other landlords
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will be following suit. can we clarify, you have not been advising camden on any official capacity, have you? i have not been involved in any official capacity. we are kept out. we have been advising in saying these things for years. i have been talking a different meetings, i have spoken in front of people who advise government that we would have a catastrophe with cladding in this country and that we will have another set of disasters. cladding isjust one part will have another set of disasters. cladding is just one part of the scandal. we have heard today with the tower blocks in the chalcot estate that also that there are internal issues, issues around fire doors, gas and so forth. yes, i know. we know that the legal requirement for the gas pipes is that they are putting fireproof ducts, vented top and bottom in a building. you run them up the outside to avoid the risks of explosion. that is like you have the gap t°p explosion. that is like you have the gap top and bottom. what you do not wa nt gap top and bottom. what you do not want as the fire getting to them,
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causing thejoints to want as the fire getting to them, causing the joints to open up with gas adding to the problems of fire. why put an additional firewood into a building which is unnecessary on your escape routes? it is wrong. what do you say to the question about who checks the checkers, who checks the people who check buildings like this and who are supposed to make sure that everything is up to spec and meet safety requirements? well, when i started in the 80s, we stayed at the clerk of works. we had the architect on site. local authorities had their architects department, the clerk of works department, their surveyors department. all of those have gone. all you get no it is housing officers specify rivers and getting people in. they do not know anything about building. —— repairs. we need to bring in the district surveyor again which was stripped out when
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the glc went. those people knew their business, they would never have allowed this sort of material to be put on buildings. we had the london building act. that came out with the great fire of london, that is why a city in london did not turn into a fire storm like german cities did. we had safety. it has been stripped out. people do not know what they are doing. arnold, thank you for your thoughts. and birmingham is another city which has been checking its stock of tower blocks. more than 200 tower blocks in birmingham. i spoke to the leader of birmingham city council, tom cla ncy to get the update on the situation there. we feel that in all the speculation that has taken place over the last week or so, that one of the things was the importance of
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sprinklers kept punching out to me asa sprinklers kept punching out to me as a fire suppressant. how many of those blocks of the 213 blocks currently have sprinklers? we have sprinklers in almost all of them in relation to some communal areas and especially where there are ways shirts. but our proposal is to ensure that every flat has those fire suppressant sprinklers and other fire suppressant facilities. we think that that is really important. we think it is incredibly important. we think it is incredibly important to provide reassurance to our tenants in important to provide reassurance to ourtenants in our important to provide reassurance to our tenants in our city. because this is a difficult time for them. it isa this is a difficult time for them. it is a novel event in london. as i have said, there is a collective national trauma in relation to our terror blocks and people are going to bed freaked. and we think it is really important that we and birmingham will do what it takes, we will find the funding that we can do
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what it takes in birmingham. you are speaking about retrofitting these tower blocks. have you any idea how much that will cost and do you have any idea where the money will come from? we have estimated it... the west midlands fire chief basically said that he believed that retrofitting of sprinklers should be one of our responses here. and when your chief fire officer of your region tells you that, clearly as a leader of the city you have to listen to that. we looked at the figures and it comes in at around £31 million. that is a huge sum of money. clearly, preserving and keeping people safe, you cannot put a figure on that. clearly not. but this money has to be found from somewhere. will it come with government help? one of the things thatis government help? one of the things that is clear here, this is a national emergency and there needs
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to bea national emergency and there needs to be a national response. clearly, i heard what the secretary of state said earlier and i welcome that finally there is some commitment to support us. from our point of view, if that money does not come from government, we will have defined it from the city and we will do so. we will look at our capital programme and prioritise and bring forward the retrofitting. if necessary we will sell assets to do that. we will do what it takes in birmingham to do this. that was john clancy. we will be back in camden for continuing coverage for the story here on the bbc news channel. for now let's take a look at sport and here is holy. the british and irish lions have been overwhelmed by the all blacks in the first test in auckland. new zealand won by 30 points to 15 — and maintained their 23—year
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unbeaten run at eden park. joe lynskey reports. to be aligned as of sports higher purposes. overcoming the intimidation almost brought the lions the perfect start. eliot daily close but just pushed lions the perfect start. eliot daily close butjust pushed out. the british may have invented this game but new zealand have made it their own. lightning attacks are part of their make up, try is part of the routine. the all blacks have not lost on the strand in 23 years. to break them down requires something special. but the lions were embarking on a mood to remember. at half—time, new zealand would soon wrestle back control. a 12 point cushion was restored. his speed was
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piercing through the lion's defence. an old clint the strength of the all blacks laid bare. to win the series will be the lion's greatest task. to their credit, they were in the game. i thought the score at the end sort of looks like it was easy but it wasn't easy. the lions played magnificently. when they can stroll —— score tries like their first run, you are sitting there thinking, should we do that more often. that was probably one of the test drives i have seen. tonight felt pretty good. it did take a moment in that game. it could have gone the other way at some stages. i think the guts and character that reassured to hang in there. when we got opportunities, i guess we took them a couple in the second half. that was pleasing as well. elsewhere — scotland and ireland have wrapped up their summer tours — gregor townsend suffered his first defeat in charge of scotland as they lost 27—22 to fiji.
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but ireland completed a series whitewash over japan with a 35—13 win in tokyo. the first match of the women's cricket world cup is underway. hosts england won the toss and put india into bat this morning in derby. india are outsiders for this tournament. but their openers have made a good start. india 69—0. final practice is underway ahead of qualifying for the azerbaijan grand prix. it's not been going well forjolyon palmer this season — and today is no exception. he's suffered a major blow ahead of the azerbaijan grand prix. the briton had set the quickest time of final practice in baku
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when his renault caught fire. his mechanics will now have a race against time to repair the car before qualifying gets underway at two o'clock. mercedes' valtteri bottas is currently the quickest ahead of lewis hamilton with just over half an hour to go. former davis cup captainjohn lloyd fears dan evans' failed drugs test could spell the end of his career. evans is 27 now, and faces the prospect of a four—year ban. he said he'd let a lot of people down. i was notified a few days ago that i failed a drugs test in april where i tested positive for cocaine. this was taken out of context and the competition. i made a mistake and must face up to it. i do not condone to anyone that this was acceptable behaviour. i have bought a lot of people down, my family, my coach, my team, sponsors, british tennis and my facts. i can only deeply apologise from the bottom of my heart. that is your sports renaud. time for a look at the weather. hello there. what a difference a week makes. last week we were looking at temperatures in the low
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30s celsius. it will feel on the cool side in the northern half of the country where we have some strong winds. sunshine and showers for many this weekend, but where you get the sunshine it should feel warm, particularly today. weather watchers have been out in force taking pictures of the cloudy skies. many eastern areas are seeing taking pictures of the cloudy skies. many eastern areas are seeing some good spells of sunshine. the culprit for the strong wind across the north of the country is this area of low pressure, deep for the time of year, it will bring a spell of deals. some damp weather across glastonbury in the afternoon. with the sunshine it should feel pleasantly warm. for the rest of the afternoon, i think eastern areas was doing best where there is sunshine. further north we have those gusts of 40 miles an hour, 50 miles an hour across scotland. blustery showers may be
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merging to produce longer spells of rain towards the end of the day. best of the sunshine across eastern scotland. across ireland, variable cloud. the best of the brightness to england. east of the pennines. in the south we will have a scattering of showers, but temperatures ranging between 20—22dc. but we could make 24-25. this between 20—22dc. but we could make 24—25. this evening the showers fizzle away from central, southern and eastern parts. firstly it should be dry. longer spells of rain from northern england to south eastern parts. temperature wise, quite mild, but near further north. we are into a run of more north—westerly winds from sunday, so i think a touch cooler across the board. the cooler airwill cooler across the board. the cooler air will introduce brightness to scotland, northern ireland and northern england. further south i
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think more in the way of cloud, some patchy rain may be over high ground in the west. temperature wise, 15—21 or 22 degrees and the south east. hello and welcome to dateline london at the end of a week in which one leader held on against the odds whilst another found himself out of a job. the unlucky one was saudi arabia's crown prince, replaced by a relative half his age, an encouraging sign for those hoping for reform. britain's prime minister theresa may, though, made it to the brussels summit of european leaders, defying predictions she would quickly be deposed after her election humiliation. it was the week where her government began negotiating brexit. those leading the talks exchanged gifts — a book on mountaineering and a walking stick. just how much of an uphill struggle will it be? with me are steve richards, uk political commentator and author of the rise of the outsiders. mina al—oraibi, an iraqi—british journalist, who's about to become
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