Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Banned building materials suspected in London's deadly Grenfell Tower fire: UK government


Scotland Yard has said the rescue operation by emergency services on the site will take weeks and the death toll is also expected to rise further, though not all victims may be identified due to the nature of the burns.

People watch from a balcony as people walk during a demonstration following the fire at Grenfell Towers that engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

Detectives investigating the fire at Grenfell Tower in London say new footage of the gutted building's burned-out interior shows just how hard the task of finding and identifying bodies is proving to be.

The cause of Wednesday's blaze in London is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that exterior panelling used in an extensive renovation completed previous year may have helped the flames to spread.

The shadow Brexit Secretary, who is also the former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), revealed prosecutors were now part of the investigation.

Some of the anger stems from reports that Grenfell Tower had no central sprinkler system and was built with flammable materials that residents told the government needed to be fixed.

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The government has promised a full public inquiry.

Cundy said efforts to trace missing people had led him to believe that the number could be higher.

"My understanding is that the cladding that was reported wasn't in accordance with United Kingdom building regulations", Hands told Sky News.

"For those victims not to have died in vain, we have to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again", the broadsheet said.

Labour Party lawmaker David Lammy demanded that the government and police immediately seize all documents relating to Grenfells renovation to prevent the destruction of evidence that could show criminal wrongdoing.

Dozens of demonstrators surged towards the entrance of St Clement's church and there were scuffles outside as organisers appealed for calm.

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Mr Cundy said: "I absolutely understand the frustration of why figures haven't been released earlier".

He said police would consider criminal prosecutions if there is evidence of wrongdoing and that the police investigation would include scrutiny of the renovation project at the tower, which experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to a catastrophic blaze.

The group said: "In our meeting at Downing Street, we explained to the Prime Minister the anger of all residents towards the management of the estate over a long period of time, paving the way to this tragedy".

Asked repeatedly whether she had misread the public mood, May did not answer directly but said the focus was on providing support to the victims.

Queen Elizabeth II, 91, and her grandson, 34, had made an emotional visit together on Friday to see the survivors, meet with victims' families and rescue workers who were affected by the inferno, which engulfed the Grenfell Tower in London.

A £5 million ($8.79m) fund has been set up for emergency supplies, food and clothing.

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