Cladding used in London's Grenfell Tower is 'banned in Britain'

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

He said the group had spoken about their "demands and what we expect".

The council said: 'We plan to house residents of Grenfell Tower as locally as we can.

On Sunday Downing Street said residents of the burnt-out tower block would receive £500 in cash followed by a bank payment of £5,000 from Monday.

Commander of the Metropolitan Police Stuart Cundy said in a statement that a recovery operation, which was briefly suspended for security reasons, had been resumed and family liaison officers were dealing with 52 families.

Greg Hands told Sky News that "my understanding is that the cladding that was reported was not in accordance with United Kingdom building regulations".

London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton earlier said urban search units backed by specialist dog teams would scour the building as structural surveyors helped make the tower safe.

Hands cautioned Sunday that investigators still don't know exactly what cladding was used when the building renovation was completed previous year.

On the lack of sprinklers in Grenfell Tower, and other buildings, he said: "My understanding is that the best expert advice is that retrofitting sprinklers may not always be the best technical way of ensuring fire safety in a building".

David Lammy said Sunday he is anxious that documents will be quietly deleted and disposed of as police begin a search for evidence.

"Those who mock health and safety, regulations and red tape need to take a hard look at the consequences of cutting these and ask themselves whether Grenfell Tower is a price worth paying".

Police now say at least 58 people are presumed dead following a horrific fire Wednesday that destroyed a high-rise apartment building - and the people who lived there are demanding answers.

Many residents of the building remain unaccounted for, and police said numerous remains may never be identified.

The Prime Minister insisted the Government was doing everything possible to help those caught up in the tragedy.

A woman places a candle amongst floral tributes close to Grenfell Tower on Saturday.

Sixteen bodies have been removed from the blackened, 24-story public housing unit, and the first victim was formally identified as Mohammed Alhajali, 23, a Syrian refugee. A spokesman for Britain's Home Office said Saturday it was helping his family travel to the country from Syria, but did not provide further details.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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