Nation pauses to remember Grenfell victims as death toll climbs to 79

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

However, I know many residents are concerned about whether such an event could occur in Crawley and I'd like to re-assure them that no similar council buildings exist in Crawley and the council has robust fire safety processes in place for all of its flats, these will of course be reviewed in the light of investigations at Grenfell Tower.

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth). Emergency services workers take part in a minute's silence in front of Grenfell Tower in London, Monday, June 19, 2017.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said five people had been formally identified and the rest were "sadly" missing presumed dead.

On Friday, Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson made a visit to a crisis center, where Prince William hugged a victim of the fire - it was a sweet gesture of comfort that also broke royal protocol.

"I will also be writing to the government challenging them to give us more support in our plans to make our borough safer".

One of Saye's prints is due to go on show at Tate Britain this week as a tribute to the artist and those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire. She met with victims and offered her support to those affected.

"That's why she totally accepted that it (the government response) hadn't been good enough".

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"She tried to keep it on the low but I shouted "Adele!' and she said 'no, it's not me".

The leader of Kensington and Chelsea council appeared on radio yesterday and expressed his horror at the Grenfell Tower fire.

While the Grenfell Tower fire was probably not caused directly by the government's austerity programme, unless adding cheaper cladding was used to save money, it is symbolic of an uncaring attitude since 2010 of the plight of the poor and disadvantaged generally, and of social tenants specifically.

She added: "But there are some people who just keep taking photographs and filming all the time like tourists, it's disrespectful".

He said a team of 250 investigators were working on the case, with a primary aim being to identify victims.

Mr Cundy said the search-and-recovery operation was ongoing in the burnt-out, 24-storey tower.

The death toll was first given as 12, before being revised up to 17, then 30, then 58. According to official news reports the number of people dead is around 60 while the Press Association has deemed another 54 people as 'missing.' According to Allen, "I have never in my life seen an event like this where the death count has been downplayed by mainstream media".

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