London protesters demand answers over fire tragedy


"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday.

Areas near the blaze are covered in posters showing missing persons. "I absolutely get why they are angry", he said. The building was gutted in a blaze early Wednesday morning that has also left dozens missing and hundreds of others homeless. "(But there was) nothing, they weren't collating these numbers".

Protesters enraged at city's response to the Grenfell Tower fire have stormed their local city hall in West London to demand justice.

'Our deep gratitude to the emergency services, who continue to respond swiftly.

She sought to combat some of the criticism with a meeting with residents, victims, volunteers and community leaders at Downing Street today.

Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents.

One woman wept, saying it was because the PM declined to speak to anyone outside the meeting which lasted less than hour.

Later on Sunday, former United Kingdom chancellor Philip Hammond said the cladding material used on the building was banned on British high-rises.

"There's a need for the public to hear you say in words of one syllable: 'Something bad has happened; something has gone badly wrong".

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Writing in the Observer on Sunday, Mr Khan suggested high-rise tower blocks dating from the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down in the wake of the fire, which he said may well be the "defining outcome of this tragedy".

"[This aims] to give the victims the immediate support they need to care for themselves and for loved ones", Ms May said. "The country has witnessed a succession of awful tragedies".

The package includes a guarantee to rehouse people as close as possible to where they previously lived - a poor neighbourhood surrounded by extreme wealth.

"I've heard stories of heroism, from Christians, from Muslims and from others, looking after their brothers and sisters, their neighbours and doing the job that we expect from this brilliant community because of the fantastic community that is here in this part of London".

"But it is a bad tragedy".

The Prime Minister also set out to reassure victims about the upcoming judge-led public inquiry into the fire.

"Some people may actually want to go to another part of London where perhaps they have a greater support network, where perhaps they have friends and relatives".

"The Government has taken action on the recommendations of the coroner's report", she insisted. "In addition, Cundy found that - according to the latest health section of four medical centers in the capital - 24 people remain hospitalized, of which 12 are in 'critical condition".

"If, as we investigate, we identify issues that are a risk to public safety, we will not be waiting until the end of the investigation before we provide that information to the appropriate authorities".