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tonight at ten: a month after the grenfell blaze — police release new footage from inside the tower as they continue to search for victims. specialist officers are going from floor to floor, sifting through the debris. this staircase was the only way out for the residents. all i can say is, please be patient, we are doing our utmost best for you and we are working as hard as we can. my teams can't work any harder. engulfed by fire — the bbc‘s learnt that residents were still being told to stay put in their flats almost two hours after the blaze started. within 15 minutes, the whole building caught fire, you know, after two hours it's too late. we want support, where is the support. tonight tough questions for the new leader of the local council as angry survivors demand answers. we'll be looking at the state of community relations at grenfell, one month on. also on the programme tonight: congratulations, dad, we love you.
president trump calls the controversy surrounding his son's meeting with a russian lawyer the biggest witch—hunt in political history. a state banquet for spain's king felipe — he says he's confident agreement can be reached over the future of gibraltar. game, set, match — and that's it! andy murray crashes out of wimbledon and finally admits he has been struggling with his hip injury. my hip has been sore for most of the event, it was a little bit too sore today. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news: novak djokovic couldn't even last to the end of his wimbledon quarter final. an injured shoulderforced him to retire against thomas berdych. good evening.
police have released new footage from inside grenfell tower — a month after the fire that killed at least 80 people. it shows officers climbing the blackened staircase — which was the only way out for hundreds of people in the flats that night. bbc news has learnt that residents were still being told to stay put in their flats until almost two hours after the fire broke out. tonight, at a public meeting, angry survivors confronted the senior police officer investigating the fire — demanding more answers. here's our special correspondent lucy manning. into grenfell tower and up the stairs. the narrow stairs. the only escape route. and it was covered with black smoke. bodies filled this stair well. now those identifying victims climb up, struggling for breath. many of the residents who we re breath. many of the residents who were told to stay during the fire
didn't make it down these stairs. as the forensic work at grenfell tower continues, slowly, new details are emerging about what those inside we re emerging about what those inside were told on the night of the fire. the bbc has seen documents setting out how the residents of grenfell tower we re out how the residents of grenfell tower were told to stay in their flats until 2. a7am. the first 999 call was made at 6 minutes to 1. so faran hourand 53 call was made at 6 minutes to 1. so far an hour and 53 minutes those calling for help were told to stay put. it took nearly two hours for the advice to change to evacuate. these pictures from a0 minutes after the first emergency call showjust how high the flames had reached. an hour later it had engulfed the whole tower. there is no doubt the firefighters were heroes, but the firefighters were heroes, but the fire policy for tower blocks was and
still is to stay put. the stay put advice is broadly sound. but clearly this was an unprecedented fire and at some point it was obvious the advice needed to change. whether it should have been changed earlier i wouldn't want to speculate. for the families still waiting for relatives to be identified, the information that for nearly two hours the advice was to stay put is hard to divest. this man's mum, sister, brother—in—law and their three children lived on the 22nd floor. his man's uncle was on the top floor. does two hours sound like a long time? of course. like within 15 minutes the whole building caught fire. you know, after two hours, it's too late. when after that time, the chances have dropped for them and for everybody else. it is the most appalling... it's like as if...
you know you have taken away that chance. that chance. but when you say stay in your house, you know, stay in your house, you know, just... what can you say? what can you say? firefighters did risk their own lives to try to save others. the bbc understands 31 were injured. almost all from smoke inhalation. the london fire brigade said the stay put policy would be for the inquiries to look at, but the advice can change as the fire changes. this isa can change as the fire changes. this is a flat where everyone did escape. but a month on debris is being sieved for remains. 0nly 3a victims have been formally identified. sieved for remains. 0nly 3a victims have been formally identifiedlj deeply have been formally identified.” deeply understand the frustration families have and the answers they wa nts. families have and the answers they wants. it is only natural. all i can say is be patient, we are doing our
utmost best for you. but with trust in the authorities low, the new council leader's admission she has never been in a high rise tower block won't help. i accept i haven't been, i haven't been up a tower block, but i have been in a huge numberof block, but i have been in a huge number of hoers. tonight she and the senior investigating officer faced a tense atmosphere. he was shouted down with cries of, arrest someone. the test of my investigation will be whether it is done properly. not quickly. can you arrest somebody. arrest somebody, make arrests. please, do yourjob, make arrests first. you haven't been listening from the start and you're still not listening. a months on, and the families want funerals and justice. tonight hundreds of people attended a vigil near grenfell tower
for the victims of the blaze. four weeks on — relations between the survivors and the authorities are still strained. our home editor mark easton reports on how the community has reacted in the aftermath of the fire. a black nail hammered in to london's conscience. grenfell tower demands your attention. in its shadow, the faces of the missing are everywhere. 0n trees and walls and bus shelters, unblinking, it's hard to hold their accusatory gaze. more than 250 escaped the tower that fateful night, but around 80 people are missing or confirmed dead. floor by floor, the names and faces of all those we know didn't make it out. they arrived at grenfell from all over the world, more than 20 countries represented among the missing.
families with small children who'd recently moved in, pensioners who lived in the block for over a0 years. and then, perhaps, there are others. the unknown. the fact that we still don't know exactly who and how many died in this fire a month later tells us something, i think, about society's relationship with the people who lived in grenfell. some were perhaps happy to be anonymous, but others were simply marginalised, isolated and ignored. only the most vulnerable and desperate would have been eligible for a vacant flat in the tower. traditional council housing like grenfell has fallen out of fashion. fewer social homes were built last year than at any time since their invention. i mean, you look around, it's actually a beautiful estate. pilgrim tucker tried to give the residents of grenfell a voice through her work as a housing campaigner in the area. the fact that it's become so hard to get good social housing now and that more and more it's only
the most vulnerable people who can qualify for the kind of housing that, really, everybody... should be available to everybody, means that there is a section here of people who were really disengaged, and i think that's a real shame and it shouldn't necessarily be like that. the fire has burned through the veneer of london life to reveal the capital's invisible people. we are a tale of two cities. we have many invisible londoners, and i'm afraid there will be hidden victims. london mayor sadiq khan believes the fire has exposed the failure of politicians. their experience of politicians — of all parties, by the way — local politicians and national politicians, is them letting them down, is them making promises they don't keep. more of us have got to spend time there. to walk in the shoes of some of those residents.
the community has had to be resilient. this is the boxing club that used to meet in a gym at the bottom of grenfell tower, now destroyed. but a public fundraiser has meant the local boys and girls are back in training, in the corner of a nearby car park. it's harrowing, really that, you know, we might never know some of those victims, you know? nameless people. it's very, very, very sad and, you know, i wouldn't have expected something like that, actually, to happen in the 21st century in london, to be honest. "in the heart of our great city, people live a fundamentally different life, don't feel the state works for them." the words of the prime minister week after the fire. along with a hope that its legacy is that we never forget the hidden people of grenfell. mark easton, bbc news, north kensington. the greatest witch—hunt in political history — that's what donald trump has called the controversy surrounding his son after it emerged he met a russian lawyer last year who was said
to have information from the kremlin which would help his father's election campaign. today, the president said his son had been open and transparent and was innocent. 0ur chief correspondent gavin hewitt reports. there is said to be frustration in the white house over the publication of these e—mails on russia. groups official trying to come up with a strategy to manage the crisis. the risk is that this administration is seen to be paralysed by this, so today, president trump was tweeting, saying that his administration was functioning in his words perfectly. tonight, we have donald trumer... donald trump's son out defending himself after revelations from e—mails that last year he met a russian lawyer who he believed would offer him incriminating information and hillary clinton. in retrospect, i probably would have done things a little differently. again, this is before the russia
mania, this is before they were building it up in the press. for me, this was opposition research... in his interview, donald trumer said he hadn't referred the meeting to his father. it was such a nothing, there was nothing to tell. i mean, i wouldn't have even remembered it until you start scouring through this stuff. it was literallyjust a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame. president trump was quick to praise his son's television performance, tweeting... so who are the key players involved in the meeting last year? the initial approach to donald trumer about a potential russian meeting came from rob goldstone, a british publicist. he helped schedule the appointment with natalia veselnitskaya, a russian lawyer. also in the room was paul manafort, trump's campaign manager, and jared kushner, trump's son—in—law — a clear sign they thought the meeting would be significant.
the email shows an intent and a desire to have a foreign government interfere in the american election of the president. asking for that kind of assistance, if that was the assumption of the meeting, that in and of itself can be a crime. the white house has been active, pointing out that there has been no illegality, no law broken, no sensitive information exchanged. but that doesn't mean there are no risks in all of this for the trump administration. in this atmosphere of political crisis, focus turned towards capitol hill and the confirmation hearings for the new director of the fbi. he was asked whether he agreed with the president that the investigation by special councel mueller into russian meddling and lasted's election amounted to a witchhunt. do you believe that, in light of the doanr e—mail and other allegations, that this whole thing about trump campaigning in russia is a witchhunt? is that a fair description of what we're all dealing with in america?
senator, i can't speak to the basis of those comments. i can tell you that my experience with director mueller... i'm asking you as the future fbi director, did you consider this endeavour a witchhunt? i do not consider director mueller to be on a witchhunt. in an interview with the christian broadcasting network today, president trump tried to refocus attention back onto his latest legislative agenda and away from the questions about russia, so preoccupying his administration. gavin hewitt, bbc news, washington. so what do the president's supporters make of the latest revelations about his campaign team and the mounting questions about their links with russia? 0ur washington correspondent, nick bryant, has been to nebraska, a state that voted for mr trump in last year's election. in the rollicking ride of the trump presidency, you often wonder how long he will stay on the horse. every day seems to bring a new wrestle in the mud — with the media, congress, international leaders —
but here in nebraska, a trump state at the election, there is still strong support for his presidency, despite the attempts of opponents to ensnare him. did you vote for him? yes, idid. are you happy with thejob he is doing? you bet. he is a good businessman and that's what the country needs, to get the country back out of there and get a lot of people working. i think that's what he is doing. 0n the night that donald trump junior‘s bombshell e—mails were released, the pigs were more agitated than the people. no—one we spoke to at this county fair was in the least bit concerned that team trump might have been telling porkies about its contacts with russian figures. they echoed the white house line that the controversy is a "nothingburger". the media's taken it out of proportion. but there's e—mail proof now... yeah, some i guess. i don't know. i haven't followed it for a while now, because of that.
does it worry you? no. i think it'sjust a farce spun by the left, because they lost. what is noticeable about coming to the heartland is that people aren't glued to their smart phones all the time. they're not following this presidency minute by minute, tweet by tweet. but you do get the sense that some people feel that donald trump is fixated by his problems, rather than theirs. that is the concern of the local republican mayor, josh moenning. what i hearfrom people is less tweeting and more doing. i think there is a kind of bewilderment about the compulsion to tweet about everything and anything, so i think people like to see him focus more on some of his campaign promises. in america's fiercely patriotic heartland, it seems anomalous that voters aren't concerned about russian meddling. but here they seem more mistrustful of the media than moscow. nick bryant bbc news, nebraska.
a brief look at some of the day's other other news stories. a gay man has won a landmark ruling at the supreme court which will give his husband the same pension rights as a wife would receive. the ruling — in favour ofjohn walker — could have a dramatic effect on the entitlement of thousands of people in same sex marriages or civil partnerships. royal bank of scotland has been fined more than £3.5 billion by the us authorities for its role in selling the risky mortgage products that were at the centre of the financial crisis. another fine, which could be even bigger, is expected later this year. the boss of rbs — which is still 72% owned by the government — described today's settlement as a "stark reminder" of what had happened. unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since 2005, down 6a,000 to 1.a9 million in the three months to may. figures out today also show earnings rose by 2% year—on—year, that's slightly higher than predicted, but still below
the rate of inflation. andy murray is out of wimbledon. the defending champion and world number one was beaten in the quarter finals by the american sam querry. tonight he finally admitted he had been struggling with a hip injury. 0ur sports correspondentjoe wilson reports from wimbledon. no player owns centre court, but it's where andy murray learned to belong. in 2008, he reached his first wimbledon quarterfinal. ten years of consistency. but from feet, through hip, to mind, we knew this wimbledon would test him. by the end of today's match, he looked empty. it started so well against sam querrey. murray broke him at the first opportunity. the first set followed, 6—3. that's a hungry performance from murray. maybe if murray had won the second set, he could have got the match over and done with — sharpish. but he let querrey back in. in the third set tie—break we saw sheer endeavour. murray scrambling, covering every blade to get it back — hoping his opponent might do this.
murray's set. but he could barely compete in the fourth set. his mind was urging, but his body wasn't responding. nervousness gripped the crowd. but sam querrey was getting stronger by the second. that is beautifully done by querrey. in the fifth set, murray kept chasing, kept pursuing. but it was gone. greatest moment of querrey‘s career? certainly. murray lost the final set 6—1. and as he walked towards the handshake, that limp seemed more obvious than ever. the whole tournament i've been a little bit sore. i tried my best, right to the end. you know, i gave everything i had. you know, i'm proud about that. but that's obviously disappointing, to lose at wimbledon, there was obviously an opportunity there. so i'm sad that it's over. to knock out the champion is a fine achievement. but had murray really
been in shape to defend? today, he was half the player he normally is. towards the latter stage of the match, it was sad to see him go out in that fashion because he's a great, great player and he was so desperate to play here. you could see the pain he was in today and i felt very sorry for him. murray will rest, but years take their toll. wear and tear is just there. you can't always beat it. novak djokovic retired hurt midway through his quarterfinal today. it all makes roger federer extraordinary. his 100th wimbledon match — straight sets win and through to another semifinal. and from a british perspective there's still a big reason to be excited, of course. on this court, two little words that mean so much. johanna konta. her centre court semifinal coming up. so, cameras ready, supporters ready. it's what thursdays were made for. joe wilson, bbc news, wimbledon. the european union's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has said that britain must recognise
the existence of its financial obligations to the eu. yesterday the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, suggested that the eu could "go whistle" for what he described as extortionate financial demands. today, mr barnier hit back saying he couldn't hear any whistling — just the clock ticking. 0ur europe correspondent damian grammaticus reports. in brussels today, determination and frustration. the eu's chief brexit negotiator venting his feelings, first on this — what borisjohnson said yesterday about the money the uk owes. the sums that i have seen that they propose to demand from this country seem to me to be extortionate and i think to "go whistle" is an entirely appropriate expression. i'm not hearing any whistling. just a clock ticking. that's because time to reach a deal is slipping by. "it's not a ransom in any
way", said mr barnier. "it's not an exit bill, a punishment, a revenge." adding, "we have to settle the accounts before we can discuss future ties with the uk." another of michel barnier‘s frustrations, he's produced nine publicly available documents on these areas under negotiation, setting up the eu's position. david davis has produced one, on citizens, so the eu side says it doesn't know what the uk wants. he knows that that must be impossible... in the commons today, the brexit secretary sought to laugh at all off. but emily thornberry, standing in forjeremy corbyn, was making the same complaint. what is the plan in the event no deal is reached? on march 12th, he said that there was a plan. on march the 17th, he said that there wasn't. on may the 19th, he said he'd spent half his time thinking about it. yesterday, he said he wasn't prepared to comment. commenting today, standing in for theresa may, damian green
said the plan is to get a deal, but not one that punishes the uk. and we believe that it is notjust in the interests of great britain, but also in the interests of the other member states of the european union to reach a deal with what is one of their biggest trading partners. here in brussels, it's clear michel barnier is increasingly concerned. he says he wants clarity and fast, preferably by monday, because that's when the real hard negotiations begin. damian grammaticas, bbc news, brussels. the parents of the terminally ill baby charlie gard will return to the high court tomorrow as their legal battle to allow him to be given an experimental treatment continues. at the centre of that case is the question, who decides what is in the best interests of a desperately ill child, his parents or doctors, and how far you should go to maintain life? in a completely separate case, branwenjeffreys has been speaking to the mother of a seriously ill 10—year—old girl who is facing
an agonising dilemma. she contacted the bbc because she wanted to tell her story. for ten years, juliet has cared for her daughter. all her life, rose has been in and out of hospital. she's blind, can't move, her brain isn't fully developed. she's suffered frequent seizures since she was a baby. it is so distressing to actually watch, even though i've seen it so many times. i've laid next her to see what's happening and i can feel her body just continuously going. and i can only begin to imagine what it would be like if that was me and how i would feel, and if i can't say, "this really hurts". rose appears to suffer distress. there is no name for what causes this, but she can hear and be comforted by touch.
there have been better times but, earlier this year, rose was seriously ill. her mum now wants doctors to consider if she should be allowed to die. the best solution in my heart would be that, if rose is going to continue suffering like she is suffering now, if her future is going to be very limited quality of life, then the kindest thing we can do right now is to withdraw things that are keeping her alive, which is her medications, herfluids, because she's now fed through a tube. ok, it's just mummy. rose is on various medications. tube feeding has the same legal status, it's counted as life—sustaining treatment. it's a dilemma no parent wants to face. how do you balance the right to life against the fear that more treatment simply means more suffering?
quite simply, it's the child's interests that have to be put first in a case like this. juliet is rose's main carer as well as her mum, but she may not have the final say. doctors use guidelines to help decide on a child's best interests. every single case has to be looked upon in terms of the quality of life for that individual child. it's something that people, medical professionals and obviously parents and carers, spend a lot of time thinking about and really considering in depth. what about the need to protect the life of every disabled child, to do everything we can to keep them alive, to keep them well? this is not about the fact that rose is disabled. whether she has the brain of a baby, being in the wheelchair, being blind, none of that is an issue. this is about the complexities
of her medical needs and the day—to—day suffering, and the future potential suffering. rose is being assessed by another team of doctors to help future decisions about what's best for her. branwen jeffreys, bbc news. a state banquet has been held at buckingham palace tonight for the visiting king and queen of spain. this afternoon king felipe addressed both houses of parliament. he said he was confident the uk and spain can reach an agreement over the future of gibraltar. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. a state banquet at buckingham palace, where hospitality is deployed in pursuit of diplomacy. tonight, one of the world's oldest monarchs, elizabeth of the united kingdom, accompanied one of its newest and tallest, felipe of spain, to dinner. a lavish occasion, but an opportunity for britain to cultivate another important
european nation. the queen didn't mention the word brexit in her speech. but she did dwell on the power of the anglo—spanish connection. a relationship like ours, founded on such great strengths and common interests, will ensure that both our nations prosper, now and in the future, whatever challenges arise. the state visit had begun on horse guards parade, with a greeting between two monarchs who are distantly related — they're both descendants of queen victoria. from horse guards to the carriage ride up the mall, one of the highlights for visitors, something donald trump is keen to do if he ever comes. and in this relaxed atmosphere, business can be done and difficult issues touched upon. in the case of britain and spain, that means gibraltar. last year, king felipe called it a colonial anachronism. today, in a speech at westminster, he was more tactful. but he did call for
a negotiated settlement. i am confident that, through the necessary dialogue and effort, our two governments will be able to work out towards arrangements that are acceptable to all involved. to that, the british government said the sovereignty of gibraltar was not up for discussion. a firm response, among the warm words of a state visit. nicholas witchell, bbc news, buckingham palace. this week, we've been reporting on china's ambitious plan to recreate the famous silk road — the ancient trading route between east and west. it's thought it'll cost almost a trillion pounds and involves a new rail link from china to the uk, being paid for by the chinese. it passes through countries like the former soviet republic of kazakhstan, amid growing concerns about china's influence. 0ur china editor carrie gracie started out in eastern china on her 7000 milejourney along the new silk road. tonight, she's reached kazakhstan.
bells chime for two centuries, central asia was russia's backyard. kazakhstan got its independence when the soviet union collapsed. but russian remained the language of business — until now. this is china's new silk road in action. the economy slowing back home, state construction companies put to work abroad. master builder xu xiwen, delivering a cutting—edge urban railway. translation: china's advanced technology is bringing convenience and more comfort and safety to travellers in kazakhstan. if this project goes well, it will serve as a model for others. china says its plans are for the benefit of all.