London tower toll rises to 79


Criticising those who may think there are too many rules and regulations, he called on them to "remember those who have lost their lives in a preventable accident that didn't need to happen, and the tragedy we're seeing is because of the consequences of mistakes and neglect from politicians from the council and from the Government".

"There are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead".

The prince's embrace broke with royal protocol - touching royal members is historically reserved for handshakes - and instead embraced the distressed woman who was reportedly desperate to locate her husband who was trapped an elevator during the time of the fire.

"Equally, there may be people who thankfully may have managed to escape the fire and for whatever reason have not let their family or friends or police know", police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters yesterday. The death toll after the latest update could be around 70 people.

Detectives investigating the massive fire at the Grenfell Tower in west London have released images and video footage from inside the building that show "the scale of the challenge" investigators face in recovering bodies.

Cdr Cundy warned of the potential "terrible reality" that some people may never be identified due to the intensity of the fire. "Some survivors have also complained the government has been painfully slow to find them places to sleep".

That number may change as investigators continue to search the remains of Grenfell Tower.

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The family of five - thought to be Syrian - were caught up in the blaze which tore the 24-storey building in north Kensington last Wednesday.

New cladding on the building has since been named as a potential factor in the quick spread of the fire.

Speaking later outside Scotland Yard, Mr Cundy added: 'I have investigated major crime for most of my service and I have seen some bad things.

"That's why I'm positive about it, because I think in the past local residents here have not always been listened to".

Meanwhile, London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that high-rise tower blocks dating from the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down in the wake of the deadly fire.

'But we will do it with our utmost professionalism and we will do everything we can as quickly as we can to locate everybody who is in there'.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced an emergency fund for those affected by the fire.