Theresa May tries to quell public anger, meets fire victims


Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of London on Friday to demand answers over the catastrophic blaze that tore through the Grenfell Tower housing block in west London.

Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy responded to fears that the number of dead could exceed 100 by saying: "I really hope it isn't".

"We always knew that the death toll would increase", Cundy said, adding that there was nothing to suggest that the fire at the Grenfell Tower was started deliberately. Police had previously put the death toll at 30.

The official death toll from the blaze now sits at 30, up from 17 overnight, as firefighters continue the extremely hard process of recovering bodies from within the tower.

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

Having ordered an emergency aid package for the fire survivors and a full public inquiry into the incident, Prime Minister Theresa May held a meeting Saturday with some of the survivors and family members of victims at a government office.

But she sidestepped questions over whether she had failed to judge the public mood.

'We urge swift action to rehouse the homeless, in consultation with them, rather than send them to cheaper places far from London, ' the London Faiths Forum said in a statement.

"They haven't got easy fire escapes, they've got no sprinklers, it's totally, totally unacceptable in Britain that this is allowed to happen and people lose their lives in this way". "We need to find out precisely what cladding was used and how it was attached".

She also outlined the government's plan for handling the situation and investigation.

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"Both myself and colleagues from London Fire Brigade have already said it will take weeks".

Mrs May pledged £5m of support, housing guarantees and help with access to bank accounts and cash.

Yet she did visit some of the injured at London's Chelsea and Westminster hospital on Friday, reportedly spending about an hour with patients and staff.

"All I'm keen to say is there is an effective, co-ordinated relief effort on the ground and I'm sorry if people haven't seen that".

Two boys inspect pictures of the missing.

Earlier, dozens of people stormed the town hall building in the London's Kensington district where the tragedy was being discussed.

"We were seeking a change to the building regulations for that very objective".

The Grenfell Tower housed about 600 people in 120 apartments.

Britain is now likely to go into arduous talks on Monday about its exit from the European Union with a weakened leader who is dependent on a small Northern Irish party.

In a television interview, the Prime Minister said the fire was "absolutely horrifying" and had been a "terrifying experience" for those affected.