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London police: Grenfell tower fire death toll reaches 30

17 Juin 2017

Demonstrators pushed their way through an automatic door shouting 'We want justice!' and 'Killers!' as they clashed with security guards in the lobby. Every single person living in one today will be frightened.

The Prime Minister met a group of victims, residents, volunteers and community leaders at a church close to the scene of the horrific blaze, and earlier visited survivors in hospital.

One of the organisers has read out a statement outside the town hall, while other protesters were chanting slogans, TV images from Sky News showed.

Police have said recovery process could take weeks, and warned some of the bodies may be too burned to be identified.

The victims' families reportedly asked: "How many children died?"

"We need to know what commitment the council is taking to ensure this tragedy is not repeated", he said.

While the deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington has prompted an outpouring of generosity, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society. But the tower, built in 1974, contained 120 apartments, according to its management company, the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization.

It's unclear exactly how many residents were inside the building at the time. "And once it's safe, they are going to go into the building", he said, in an attempt to calm the crowds.

Natasha Elcock, 39, was with her boyfriend and six-year-old daughter on the 11th floor of the west London tower block when the fire broke out - but they had been told to stay inside.

"The bad news, I'm afraid, is lots of people died in the fire".

She was speaking as she took her place as Honorary judge in the annual competition that works to encourage literacy and a love of writing and reading stories.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said the lingering threat had also hampered the process of recovering bodies. "We just want answers", she insisted.

He told BBC's This Week: "She should have been there with the residents, which is what Jeremy Corbyn was".

Fire risk assessment in tower blocks was "less rigorous" since responsibility for it shifted from the fire brigade to the owner, Sian Berry, Housing Committee Chairwoman of the London Assembly, said.

He said: "I'm not here because I support the Tories, Labour or Liberals".

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson Prince William visited a local sports center where Grenfell residents who lost their homes are being temporarily accommodated.

"The tower block is more strong and stable than that woman's government".

In the aftermath of the heavy fire incident, the government led by Prime Minister Theresa May is receiving flak for not paying heed to the fire safety warnings that were issued.

Mr Cundy vowed police "will get to the answer of what has happened and why", adding: "If criminal offences have been committed it is us who will investigate that".

London police: Grenfell tower fire death toll reaches 30