Protesters storm town hall after London fire


Anger boiled over on Friday as people stormed Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall. Police barred their way and scuffles broke out, a Reuters reporter said.

Pictures and video from the scene show hundreds bursting into the council building, while shouting "we want answers, we want justice". On Saturday, NHS England said 19 people were being treated in hospital, with 10 in critical condition. As many as 500 gathered at the building, forcing May to run to her vehicle under police guard as she left the building, with echoes of "coward" being hurled in her direction.

"I called him and said: "Where are you?', I said: 'Where are you?' He said: 'I'm in the flat.' I said: 'Why you didn't come?"

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.

Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey apartment block in North Kensington, West London, was set up in 1974.

The prime minister's response, characterized as stilted and lacking empathy, and her failure to meet with victims during an initial visit to the site only served to amplify complaints about her leadership.

She added: "I have ordered that more staff be deployed across the area, wearing high visibility clothing, so they can easily be found, dispense advice and ensure the right support is provided. We will continue to look at what more needs to be done". The death toll is expected to rise with dozens still missing.

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"She should have been there with the residents".

"The local community feels their grief has been made worse by the lack of information about their missing family members and friends", he wrote.

Local councils will also carry out safety checks on buildings similar to the Grenfell Tower, the prime minister said. "How did they allow this tragedy to happen when it could have easily been avoided?"

Residents affected by the London tower block inferno were passionate and angry during a lengthy exchange with Prime Minister Theresa May, a bishop who sat with them has revealed.

There are questions about why the block was not fitted with sprinklers or a central smoke alarm, as well as whether the recent refurbishment - including the use of cladding that was blamed for worsening previous building fires in France, the United Arab Emirates and Australia - helped fuel the flames. May was criticised for not meeting with the victims and those displaced by the fire, with the offical line from her office claiming it was due to " safety concerns".

Cundy said 16 bodies had so far been recovered from the tower and taken to a mortuary.

Commander Stuart Cundy said they had been able to remove the remains of only 12 victims from the building.